There is a major retrospective taking place at the International Centre of Photography in New York, showcasing the career of photographer and filmmaker Elliot Erwitt, the recipient of this year’s ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Elliot Erwitt’s memorable photographs of the twentieth century include portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Che Guevara, as a well as outstanding scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit and gentle humour. Born in paris in 1928 to Russian émigrés, Erwitt grew up in Italy and france and emigrated to America with his family in 1939. He sought out the likes of Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker in New York in the early 1950s, and they became his mentors. In 1953, Erwitt joined the renowned Magnum Photos, with Capa’s encouragement.
His images have encapsulated some of the most poignant moments in modern history both socially and politically, and his images have been widely published in the international press and in more than twenty books.
On view at the exhibition are over a hundred of his Erwitt’s personal favourites from the past sixty years, as well as some previously unseen and unpublished prints from his early work.
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036
MAY 20–AUGUST 28, 2011
Here is a glimpse into his world …