Elliott Erwitt was born from Russian parents in 1928 in Paris. He migrated to the United States at the age of 11 and studied photography at Los Angeles City College.
Edward Steichen, the director of the photography department of Moma in New York (1950), but also Robert Capa who launched the Magnum agency, and Roy Stryker director of the FSA project were some of those who applauded Erwitt’s work.
Recommended by the famous photographer Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt joined the Magnum Photos team in 1953 aged 25, and will be its president for three consecutive years from 1968.
He was very active in many fields outside of photography, producing movies in the 70s and TV shows in the 80s.
A very discreet and taciturn character, this man does not talk much but his photographic work, whether journalistic essays or publicity photography, is always full of humor and humanity. Many of his masterpieces showed us dogs or children, Erwitt’s favorite subjects.
While Robert Capa and most of the original members who made Magnum the most famous agency in the world have passed away, Erwitt is today one of Magnum’s most important photographers.
Major exhibitions of his photographs have been shown at Moma (NYC), The Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian (Washington DC), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Barbican Art Gallery (London), as well as other major museums around the world.
To date, more than 30 books bringing together the work of Elliott Erwitt have been published including Between the Sexes and Museum Watching, or more recently, Personal Best, Unseen, New York, Dogs and Regarding Women.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Elliott Erwitt has been a central figure in the world of photography since the 1940s .