New York, 11 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Elliot Erwitt, an artistic dreamer, captured some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century. An important retrospective of his work entitled “Elliot Erwitt: Personal Best” is running at the International Center of Photography until 28 August 2011. The exhibition includes more than one hundred images, a selection of documentary films produced over the past sixty years and some of the artist’s earlier unseen and unpublished prints.
“To me, photography is an art of observation,” said Erwitt about his work to Art Daily. “It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place […] I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
Although he has spent the last six decades creating photographs, Erwitt is a dynamic artist. He initially gained recognition for his highly personal photos depicting people and animals, but he is also known for his work in the field of photojournalism. He notably photographed the “Kitchen Debate” between Khrushchev and Nixon in 1959, as well as a grieving, veiled Jacqueline Kennedy at her husband’s funeral. Erwitt is also known for his portraits and he photographed personalities such as Grace Kelly, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Kerouac, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Che Guevara.
In addition, Erwitt is a renowned film-maker. His documentaries include “Beauty Knows No Pain”, “Red, White and Blue Grass” and “The Glassmakers of Herat.” He was also involved in the production of comedies and satires for HBO. He is the author of more than twenty photography books, including Eastern Europe (1965), Photographs and Anti-Photographs (1972), Son of Bitch (1974),Personal Exposures (1988), Between the Sexes (1994), Elliott Erwitt’s Handbook (2002) and Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best (2009).