|Born in Paris, 1928, of Russian parents, Elliott Erwitt emigrated to the USA with his family in 1939. As a youth, he dabbled in photography at Los Angeles City College, and afterward dabbled in film at the New School for Social Research in New York.
In 1950 Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker, three of the most prominent and influential personages in photography of that time who took an active interest in promoting his nascent career.
From 1951-53 Erwitt served in the United States Army Signal Corps, developing his personal style in photography and actually working for various publications on his spare time. He thus established himself as a freelance photographer while still a soldier actually working for editorial magazines.
Upon being decommissioned from the US Army in 1953, he joined Magnum Photos at the invitation of Robert Capa. He became a full member in 1954 and eventually served as President of the Magnum agency for 3 years from 1968.
His first book on Eastern Europe in 1965 was followed by numerous books of widely varying journalistic, personal, subject specific and satirical nature. Among those books are at least eight about dogs with more on the way somehow giving the erroneous impression of a dog fetish. During the 80's Erwitt produced and directed a series of 18 satirical documentaries for the Time Inc. cable company of HBO all the while continuing his personal and commercial photography on the side, irony and humor becoming his trademark. Most recent books: “Personal Best” (teNeues 2006) and “Unseen” (teNeues 2007).
To date, he continues to be an active member of Magnum Photos and one of the leading figures in the competitive field of photography with his photographs in books, catalogues and exhibitions at galleries and museum in various parts of the world.
For more information on the photographer's work visit www.magnumphotos.com and Erwitt's website www.elliotterwitt.com
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