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Elliott Erwitt (1928-) - Diana, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1949

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Elliott Erwitt (1928-) - Diana, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1949

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Gelatin-silver print developing out paper (D.O.P.) - Signed - edition 64/100

Artist: Elliott Erwitt (1928-)
Title of artwork: Diana, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1949
Technique: Gelatin-silver print developing out paper (D.O.P.)
Edition: edition 64/100
Signature: Signed
Condition: Extremely fine
Vintage print: Printed later

Sought after and extremely difficult to find print from the last living Magnum legend.

Photographer: Elliott Erwitt (1928-)
Title: Diana, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 1949
From: “Elliott Erwitt Portfolio”, published 1977 Published by Acorn Editions, Ltd.
Year: 1949
Year of print: 1977
Size (photo/paper): 20x25.5 cm / 18x24 cm
Signed: on verso in graphite
Limited edition: 64/100
Type: Gelatin silver print
Condition: (10), note that a thin line centre middle and below is negative based and known in all vintage and later prints of this photo.
Will be shipped without matting/passe partout.

Elliott Erwitt (born Elio Romano Erwitt, 26 July 1928) is an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings— a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment".

Erwitt was born in Paris, France, to Jewish-Russian immigrant parents, who soon moved to Italy. In 1939, when he was ten, his family immigrated to the United States. He studied photography and filmmaking at Los Angeles City College and the New School for Social Research, finishing his education in 1950. In 1951 he was drafted into the Army, and decommissioned in 1953.

Erwitt served as a photographer's assistant in the 1950s in the United States Army while stationed in France and Germany. He was influenced by meeting the famous photographers Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. Stryker, the former Director of the Farm Security Administration's photography department, hired Erwitt to work on a photography project for the Standard Oil Company. He then began a freelance photographer career and produced work for Collier's, Look, Life and Holiday. Erwitt was invited to become a member of Magnum Photos by the founder Robert Capa.

One of the subjects Erwitt has frequently photographed in his career is dogs: they have been the subject of five of his books, Son of Bitch (1974), To the Dogs (1992), Dog Dogs (1998), Woof (2005), and Elliott Erwitt's Dogs (2008).

Erwitt has created an alter ego, the beret-wearing and pretentious "André S. Solidor" (which abbreviates to "ass") — "a contemporary artist, from one of the French colonies in the Caribbean, I forget which one" — in order to "satirise the kooky excesses of contemporary photography." His work was published in a book, The Art of André S. Solidor (2009), and exhibited in 2011 at the Paul Smith Gallery in London.

Erwitt was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and an honorary fellowship (HonFRPS) in 2002 in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography and the International Center for Photography's Infinity Award, Lifetime Achievement category, in 2011.

Since the 1970s, he has devoted much of his energy toward movies. His feature films, television commercials, and documentary films include Arthur Penn: the Director (1970), Beauty Knows No Pain (1971), Red, White and Bluegrass (1973) and the prize-winning[clarification needed] Glassmakers of Herat, Afghanistan (1977). He was, as well, credited as camera operator for Gimme Shelter (1970), still photographer for Bob Dylan: No Direction Home (2005), and provided addition photography for Get Yer Ya Ya's Out (2009).

A collection of Erwitt's films were screened in 2011 as part of the DocNYC Festival's special event "An Evening with Elliott Erwitt".

2011 "Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best", International Center for Photography, New York, NY
2011 "Elliott Erwitt, Black & White and Kolor", A Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LA
2016-2017 "Elliott Erwitt: Home Around The World", Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
2017 Magnum Photos, London, American Black & White
2017 Magnum Photos, New York, Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With Aperture
2017 Magnum Photos, London, In Our Time
2017 Denver Art Museum, Denver, Stampede: Animals in Art
2016 Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, Elliott Erwitt: Kolor

Notable photographs
USA, New York City, 1946 - Streetlevel shot comparing the size of a woman's feet to a sweatered chihuahua.
USA, North Carolina, Segregated Water Fountains, 1950.
USA, New York City, 1953 - Image of Erwitt's wife looking at their baby on a bed lit by window light.
USA, NYC, Felix, Gladys, and Rover, 1974 - Image of a woman's booted feet between that of a Great Dane's legs and a little chihuahua.
USSR, Russia, Moscow, Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon, 1959 - Powerful Cold War image in which Nixon is poking his index finger at Khrushchev's suit lapel.
USA, California, 1955 - Image of a side-view mirror of an automobile parked facing a beach sunset, with a playful couple shown in the mirror as the focal point.

Photographs and Anti-Photographs, 1972.
Observations on American Architecture, 1972.
Elliott Erwitt: The Private Experience. (In the series "Masters of Contemporary Photography", text by Sean Callahan.) Los Angeles: Petersen, 1974. ISBN 0-8227-0070-0 Sean Callahan describes and to some extent explains Erwitt's work.
Son of Bitch, 1974. Photographs of dogs.
Recent Developments, 1978.
Personal Exposures. 1988.
On the Beach, 1991.
To The Dogs, 1992.
The Angel Tree, 1993.
Between the Sexes, 1994.
100+1 Elliott Erwitt, 1997.
Dog Dogs, 1998 A collection of black and white photographs of dogs Erwitt was intrigued by throughout his world travels.
Museum Watching, 1999.
Snaps. London & New York: Phaidon, 2001. ISBN 0-7148-4150-1 A large anthology (over 500 pages) of Erwitt's work.
EE 60/60, 2002.
Elliott Erwitt's Handbook, 2002.
Woof, 2005.
Elliott Erwitt's Rome:teNeues Publishing, 2009
Elliott Erwitt's New York', 2009
The Art of Andre S. Solidor aka Elliott Erwitt, 2010
Elliott Erwitt Personal Best, 2010
Elliott Erwitt, Sequentially Yours, 2011
Elliott Erwitt XXL - Special and Collectors Edition, 2012
Elliott Erwitt's Kolor. Kempen, Germany: teNeues, 2013. ISBN 9783832795771.
Pittsburgh 1950. London: Gost, 2017. ISBN 978-1-910401-12-5. With an essay by Vaughn Wallace. Photographs made in Pittsburgh for Pittsburgh Photographic Library.

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