Elliot Erwitt Snaps

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Elliott Erwitt has been taking pictures since the late forties. A member of the prestigious Magnum agency since 1954, he has photographed all over the world and his images have been the subject of many books and exhibitions. Containing over 500 photographs, many of which have never been published before, Elliott Erwitt Snaps is a unique and comprehensive survey of his work. From famous images like Khrushchev and Nixon arguing in Moscow in 1959 and Marilyn Monroe on the set of the film The Misfits, to his many more personal images of places, things, people and animals, Erwitt's unmistakeable, often witty, style gives us a snapshot of the famous and the ordinary, the strange and the mundane over a period of more than half a century, through the lens of one of the era's finest image-makers.

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One of the greatest image makers of his generation, Elliott Erwitt (b.1928) describes himself as 'a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation.' A member of Magnum since 1954, his camera has taken him all over the globe and his pictures have been the subject of many books and exhibitions worldwide. Artist and documenter, his work spans many traditions, subjects and approaches to photography.

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'This tome shows that he hasn't lost any of the visual wit that makes one relish his pictures, while, at the same time, recognizing the melancholy that infuses any realization of the arbitrariness of existence.' (Time Out) 'Rare among photographers, Erwitt can make you laugh out loud (just turn to pages 86-87), but his scope is Tolstoyan. This 550-page retrospective will absorb you for years.' (The Independent) 'An essential career-spanning retrospective that reveals Erwitt's unassuming wit, brilliant framing and deep humanity.' (New York Post) 'Haunting, absorbing, evocative and sometimes funny.' (OK!) 'Poignant and poetic.' (The Herald) 'Saturated with an irrepressible sense of humour and love of humanity. What else would you expect from a man obsessed with dogs?' (Colin Jacobson, Traveller) '[Erwitt's] photos reveal a joy in the peculiar playgrounds of human activity ... His eye, modest, charming, graceful and forever peeled for the dazzlingly unexpected, has led his oeuvre being labelled by one commentator as the 'indecisive moment'.' (World of Interiors )

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