Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Personal Best" - Elliot Erwitt at the International Center of Photography

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt is one of my favorite photographers.  His work is evocative, timeless and full of whimsy and it is currently being shown in a major retrospective until August 28th at the International Center of Photography.  He has personally selected each of the images for the exhibition. 

Elliott Erwitt

I've been studying his work for as long as I can remember.  Each of his images is so nuanced.  I feel like I'm peering in to a private moment.  Looking at his photographs is like watching someone else's life and knowing nothing and everything about them at the same time.  Elliott Erwitt is known as one of the most versatile photographers of our time.  The exhibit is called "Personal Best" and "on view are over 100 of his favorite images from the past sixty years, as well as some previously unseen and unpublished prints from his early work...The Magnum photographer hand-picked stark civil-rights-era images, portraits of Marilyn and Che, a 1950 shot of a youngster with his toy gun, and a sixties family portrait complete with beehived matriarch."  via ICP 

The show closes this week, so get there if you can.

Elliott Erwitt 

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt

About Elliott Erwitt via ICP.

Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Elliott Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Che Guevara, as well as astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit, and special sense of humor. Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian émigrés, Erwitt grew up in Italy and France and emigrated to America with his family in 1939. An active photographer since 1948, Erwitt sought out Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker in New York in the early 1950s, and they became his mentors. With Capa's encouragement, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos in 1953. Erwitt is both an eyewitness to history and a dreamer with a camera, whose images have been widely published in the international press and in more than twenty books.

All images by Elliott Erwitt via ICP.


Lee Oliveira said...

Amazing photos..
That 3rd shot is breath taking
lee x

this is Belgium said...

I am a FAN of Elliott Erwitt... a huge fan.... so impossible for me not to write you a second time to let you know... therefore, obviously, I enjoyed your post and wish I would be close enough to NYC to visit the exhibition.
I will check the website of the ICP to see if they have a catalogue.
Read your fascinating earthquake story.. scary indeed. You know that even in Belgium it was on the news within minutes .. in the middle of the Libya reports

rebecca said...

thanks for the introduction. :)

Bad Joan said...

incredible images!


The Foolish Aesthete said...

His images are amazing. I love the sense of humor in the "legs" shot.