Elliott Erwitt

24th Jan 2018 - 17th Feb 2018

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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.

Elliott Erwitt was born in 1928 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris to Russian parents. Soon after he was born the family moved to Milan where he spent his childhood. In 1939, the family took the last ship out of peacetime Europe, arriving in New York five days after the outbreak of war. He studied photography at Los Angeles City College, but returned to New York aged just eighteen. Drafted into the US Army 1951, Erwitt continued to photograph during his service, carrying a Leica with a collapsible lens in the pocket of his uniform. Since joining Magnum in 1953, he has since become one of the world’s most successful and influential photographers and served three terms as the president of the agency.

Erwitt’s photograph of his wife, his six-day-old daughter, Ellen, and their cat, Brutus, was included in Edward Steichen’s significant photography exhibition The Family of Man in 1955 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His reputation grew as he undertook important assignments including “the kitchen cabinet debate” between President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev in 1959 and the funeral of John F. Kennedy at which he captured the president’s widow, Jackie Kennedy, in tears behind a billowing black veil. Over twenty retrospective photography books of his work have been published and he has been honoured by numerous solo shows at establishments such as the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art and the Chicago Art Institute. In 2015 he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award by the World Photography Organisation. He lives and works in New York.

Works

New York City, 1948

Elliott Erwitt

Armistice Day Parade, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 1950

Elliott Erwitt

Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 1950

Elliott Erwitt

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1950

Elliott Erwitt

The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, 1949

Elliott Erwitt

Valencia, Spain, 1952

Elliott Erwitt

Arthur Miller In Front Of Brooklyn Bridge, New York, 1954

Elliott Erwitt

Third Avenue El, New York City, 1954

Elliott Erwitt

Jack Kerouac, New York City, 1953

Elliott Erwitt

Wilmington, North Carolina, 1950

Elliott Erwitt

Orleans, France, 1952

Elliott Erwitt

Steam Train Press, Wyoming, 1954

Elliott Erwitt

New York City, 1954

Elliott Erwitt

Santa Monica, California, 1955

Elliott Erwitt

Grace Kelly, New York City, 1956

Elliott Erwitt

Marilyn Monroe, New York, 1956

Elliott Erwitt

Empire State Building, New York City, 1955

Elliott Erwitt

John F. Kennedy, Los Angeles, California, 1960

Elliott Erwitt

Rudolf Nureyev, New York City, 1963

Elliott Erwitt

Che Guevara, Havana, 1964

Elliott Erwitt

Salvador Dali, 1963

Elliott Erwitt

Pasadena, California, 1963

Elliott Erwitt

Amagansett, New York, 1969

Elliott Erwitt

London, England, 1966

Elliott Erwitt

Flatiron Building, New York City, Usa, 1969

Elliott Erwitt

New York City, 1974

Elliott Erwitt

London, England, 1974

Elliott Erwitt

Versailles, France, 1975

Elliott Erwitt

New York, Usa, 1969

Elliott Erwitt

Ballycotton, Ireland, 1968

Elliott Erwitt

Huntsville, Alabama, 1974

Elliott Erwitt

Papeete, Tahiti, 1980

Elliott Erwitt

New York City, 1988

Elliott Erwitt

Bridgehampton, New York, 1982

Elliott Erwitt

Paris, 1989

Elliott Erwitt

Paris, France, 1989

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Paris, France, 1992

Elliott Erwitt

East Hampton, New York, 1998

Elliott Erwitt

New Orleans, Louisiana, 1949

Elliott Erwitt

New York City, 1953

Elliott Erwitt

Neuilly, Paris, 1952

Elliott Erwitt

Neuilly, Paris, 1952

Elliott Erwitt

Neuilly, Paris, 1952

Elliott Erwitt

Neuilly, Paris, 1952

Elliott Erwitt

Arkansas, 1954

Elliott Erwitt

Budapest, 1964

Elliott Erwitt

Nikita Khrushchev And Richard Nixon, Moscow, 1959

Elliott Erwitt

Fidel Castro, Havana, 1964

Elliott Erwitt

Che Guevara, Havana, 1964

Elliott Erwitt

Coney Island, New York, 1956

Elliott Erwitt

Arizona, 1978

Elliott Erwitt