Elliot Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt, a celebrated photojournalist and commercial photographer, had a remarkable talent for capturing the ordinary moments of life and transforming them into captivating, often humorous or thought-provoking scenes that endure over time.

Over a span of seven decades, Mr. Erwitt demonstrated a mastery of what his mentor Henri Cartier-Bresson referred to as the "decisive moment." With a keen eye, he was quick to observe the extraordinary within the mundane, skillfully turning everyday occurrences into compelling works of art.

Despite the digital age's advent, Mr. Erwitt remained a staunch advocate of black-and-white film. His career unfolded on two fronts – as a journalist and an artist. In the 1950s, he began contributing to Magnum, the photojournalism agency co-founded by Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, as well as prominent magazines like Life, Newsweek, Collier’s, and Look.

During his photo assignments, Mr. Erwitt carried two cameras – one for his professional obligations and another for his personal enjoyment. He viewed his paid professional work, which he termed "creative obedience," as a means to support his true passion. Notably, he cultivated a particular interest in photographing dogs, often placing them in comically improbable scenarios. For instance, one photograph features a dog seated in the driver’s seat of a Renault on a Paris street, casting an insouciant glance toward the photographer.

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