FRANCE. Paris. 1989.

The Art of Observation: The Best of Photographer Elliott Erwitt

November 9, 2019–January 12, 2020 D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

With a storied career spanning over six decades, photographer Elliott Erwitt (born 1928) is responsible for some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. Born in Paris, France, Erwitt immigrated to the United States at a young age. In his twenties, Erwitt became acquainted with Edward Steichen (1879-1973) and his work was featured in the seminal Museum of Modern Art exhibition titled Family of Man. In the decades that followed, the artist went on to make important strides in commercial photography and photojournalism while also pursuing artistic projects in photography and film. Although Elliott Erwitt famously captured major public figures like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and more recently Barack and Michelle Obama, he is also known for his ability to reveal the extraordinary in the everyday. Clever framing, insightful visual parallels, and the ability to capture pivotal moments characterize what Erwitt called the “art of observation.” Today, Erwitt is the author of nearly 30 photographic books on subjects ranging from architecture to dogs. He has also been featured in countless magazines and newspapers, notably Life, Paris Match, and Holiday. This exhibition, featuring over 90 gelatin silver prints, provides an overview of Elliott Erwitt’s spectacular career, which paralleled important photographic innovations and historical moments of the last century.

The exhibition was organized by Photographic Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

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Image above: Elliott Erwitt (American, Born 1928); France, Paris, 1939; Gelatin Silver Print