Thursday, July 07, 2011

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt at Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York. "...A photographer since 1948 and a member of the prestigious Magnum Photo Agency since 1953, Elliott Erwitt’s early photographs set a precedent for the genre of social landscape. His work anticipated the iconic imagery of Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Robert Frank (whose first roommate, upon arriving to the United States, was Erwitt) among others who embraced the genre. Juxtaposing natural and manmade landscapes, Erwitt’s photographs recall an awareness of how man affects his natural surroundings in blatant and ironic ways. Overtly conscious that the eye of the camera depends on four key factors—frame, perspective, focus and time—Erwitt’s camera-vision arrangements strike the viewer with their meticulous composition and simultaneous 'decisive moment' precision."


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