24 January – 17 February 2018
A new exhibition to celebrate the 90th birthday year of photographer, Elliott Erwitt, will open at Beetles+Huxley in January 2018. The exhibition includes over 50 photographs surveying Erwitt’s career, ranging from photographs of New York in the late 1940s, to portraits of well-known figures and rare vintage prints from across Erwitt’s career.
Erwitt moved to New York aged just eighteen, where he became involved in the New York photography scene, meeting influential photographers, Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. The exhibition will include two early photographs taken in New York in this formative period, in which Erwitt’s eye for composition is already evident. His first major project quickly followed in Pittsburgh in 1950, commissioned by the legendary Roy Stryker. Three recently rediscovered works from this project, further demonstrating Erwitt’s developing eye, will also be on display.
In 1953, Robert Capa, founding member of Magnum Photos, invited Erwitt to join the agency, and his career continued to go from strength to strength. Sensitively observed portraits of well-known figures such as Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, John F Kennedy, Salvador Dalí and Che Guevera amongst others, demonstrate Erwitt’s versatility when displayed alongside landscapes encompassing cityscapes and the wide-open spaces of the American west. Known for his satirical humour and sharp wit, perhaps Erwitt’s most-loved photographs are those featuring dogs and a selection of these, taken in London, Paris and New York will also be on display.