Icons Elliott Erwitt
Photographer/Author: Elliott Erwitt was born in 1928 in Paris to a family of Russian emigrants and spent his early childhood in Italy. At age ten he moved with his family to France and then the United States, where he settled in the early 50s, in New York. In 1951 photographer in Europe for US Army account. In 1953 he joined the Magnum, the historical agency founded by Robert Capa and Cartier Bresson which Elliott later became chairman for many years until 1968. His work as a photographer is made of reportage, travel, projects, large gatherings until landing for television is the activity of the author and director for cinema. Since the '70 continues to play an intense professional life that touches the most varied aspects of photography.
Editor: Biba Giacchetti
Publisher/Date: Milano, Italy: Silvana Editoriale (c. 2012) Exhibition catalogue. Tri-lingual: English, Italian and French
Format/Condition: New paperback book with French flaps in Fine condition. 96 pages; 9 1/4 x 11 inches. Profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs.
Tri-lingual: English, Italian and French
Description: The images contained in this catalogue for the exhibition "Icons" represent the best of Elliott Erwitt, the iconic Magnum photographer and one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. Handpicked by Erwitt himself, and accompanied by his exclusive commentary, this selection of truly classic photographs of twentieth-century icons are images that tell history and that have cut across time.
Both the characters and the images in this book are historic, from Erwitt's portrayals of the John F. Kennedy to Richard Nixon's infamous confrontation with Nikita Krushchev to a confident, optimistic Che Guevara smoking a cigar. Icons also includes portraits of the non-political celebrities of the past century--Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe--as well as his popular, humorous images of pampered dogs. This book offers the essence of Erwitt's work: its romantic strength and surreal absurdity that became part and parcel of post-World War II consciousness. The works in the catalog also reveal the subtle irony with which Erwitt was able to capture and tell the human race in all its manifestations. It also includes a previously unpublished interview with Erwitt in which he offers personal commentary on each image and recaps his long career as a photographer.