Elliott Erwitt (1928–)
Elliott Erwitt was born to Russian parents in Paris in 1928. When he was eleven, the family moved to the United States where Erwitt studied photography at City College in Los Angeles. His career as a photographer started in earnest in New York in 1949. In 1953, when Erwitt was twenty-five years old, he joined Magnum Photos at the invitation of the celebrated photographer Robert Capa. Witty and humorous, overflowing with a sense of humanity, Erwitt's work ranges from journalistic essays to commercial photography. Large-scale exhibitions of his work have been held at important art museums worldwide, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York. Erwitt's portfolio of photo books include To the Dogs (Wareware wa inu de aru, trans. Shuhei Takahashi, JICC, 1992), Between the Sexes (Futari no aida, trans. Junko Ogawa, Magnum Photos Tokyo, 1994), Museum Watching (Bijutsukan ni iko yo!, CREO, 1998), as well as four books published by teNeues: PERSONAL BEST (2006), UNSEEN (2007), NEW YORK, and DOGS (2008). Elliott Erwitt is based in New York.