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Elliott Erwitt 1928 - 2023

RichardRichard Administrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,937 moderator
edited December 2, 2023 in The Big Picture

I just learned that Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt died in New York last week at the age of 95. He was one of my favorites and certainly one of the best of the 20th century. Here's a sample of his visual wit (taken in the Museo del Prado of Madrid in 1995):

You can see more of his best known images in a retrospective by The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2023/dec/01/elliott-erwitts-iconic-magnum-photography-in-pictures

Another nice collection of images here: https://jacksonfineart.viewingrooms.com/viewing-room/18-elliott-erwitt-home-around-the-world...-for-the/

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    pathfinderpathfinder Super Moderators Posts: 14,698 moderator

    I have his book "Snaps" by Elliot Erwitt, which I have enjoyed. Lots of his images paired visual differences/irony in the image.

    I should have known his work would appeal to you, Richard. I see elements of your images, irony, maybe in his images, often.

    We have lost so many interesting people this year, already. https://www.usatoday.com/celebrity-deaths This is a brief list, but so many people who's careers we have watched, have now gone on to explore the future for all of us.

    Wikipedia has a much, much more extensive list.

    Pathfinder - www.pathfinder.smugmug.com

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    RichardRichard Administrators, Vanilla Admin Posts: 19,937 moderator
    edited December 4, 2023

    @pathfinder said:
    I should have known his work would appeal to you, Richard. I see elements of your images, irony, maybe in his images, often.

    I take that as high praise, Jim. I never tried to copy him (or anyone else) but yeah, there were some common vibes, though his pics were always much better than mine.
    Me:

    Erwitt:

    I never bothered to dive too deeply into his history, but I do know that at least some of his images were staged, rather than spontaneous captures. I always wondered about the Prado shot, as the placement of the men seemed just too perfect. But sometimes, life just cooperates, dunno.

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