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Elliott Erwitt

This really charming piece on a blog by Adam Marelli about Elliott Erwitt at ICP is worth reading and having a chance to look at his exceptional pictures

“Lessons from a Hobbyist

For as long as I can remember, Elliot Erwitt refered to his photography a hobby.  I think every hobbyist would be pleased with Elliot’s level of success.  In interviews he downplays his role as a member of Magnum Photo, commercial photographer and a recipient of the International Center for Photography’s Infinity Prize.  But under the surface of his charming stories are useful lessons that we can use to gain perspective on our work.”

“Don’t Take Things Too Seriously

Your best picture might be waiting at home.  Elliot snapped a few pictures of his new new born daughter and wife at home in New York.  For everyone who has a child, this is a picture you can take.  He found an interesting angle on his first child, his third cat, and his first wife.”

“This was one of the first images that Elliot sold to a magazine. He loves photographing dogs. They don’t complain, they do not require releases, and they are great models. New York City, USA 1946 Elliot Erwitt”

See the full article here

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