Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt
Elliott Erwitt
  • Born: July 26, 1928
  • Nationality: American French
  • Profession: Photographer

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Elliott Erwitt is an American advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid photos of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings. He has been a Member of Magnum Photos since 1954.

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A visual sense is something you either have or you don't.
All of my marriages lasted seven years.
Be sure to take the lens cap off before photographing.
Covering a historic event is perfectly legitimate. It's not sneaking into somebody's boudoir... These people belong to history, and not to record that if you have the opportunity would be wrong. History
Everybody's got to do something... I'd been on my own since an early age and I thought I better find something to do to buy biscuits and stuff. From high school onwards I was earning my way with photography, one way or another, working in darkrooms and taking pictures of weddings, neighbors' children and so on.
I appreciate simplicity, true beauty that lasts over time, and a little wit and eclecticism that make life more fun. Life ;Time
I don't really have a favorite camera. I use a Leica and Canon a lot. It depends, especially professionally, on the requirements. But my carry-around camera is a Leica.
I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my loved ones, young and old, and at least once a year we get together for a formal family photograph. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
I like museums in Berlin a lot, especially in the eastern part. They're extraordinarily good.
If your subjects are eternal... they'll survive.
I'll always be an amateur photographer.
I'm an amateur photographer, apart from being a professional one, and I think maybe my amateur pictures are the better ones.
I'm not a serious photographer like many of my contemporaries. That is to say, I am serious about not being serious.
In those simpler days, you could just take pictures of movie stars and show them the way they were, as normal human beings. And if I felt part of any movement at the time, it was just to do that - to be journalistic and photograph what is, rather than what is made up. Time
It's almost embarrassing, but I do have one trick for taking portraits on commission. I carry one of these little bicycle horns in my pocket, and once in a while, when someone is sour-faced or stiff, I blow my horn. It sort of shatters the barriers. It's silly, but it works.
I've been around so long, most editors think I'm dead.
Making books is a very specific kind of activity. It's not really a collection of your best pictures - although it is - but it's also a way of presenting your work so that it's not repetitive, so that it flows, and so that it makes sense in a book. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Most photographers work best alone, myself included. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My life has been quite interesting professionally. Life
My 'work' is about seeing not about ideas. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Now very often events are set up for photographers... The weddings are orchestrated about the photographers taking the picture, because if it hasn't been photographed it doesn't really exist.
Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures.
Professionally I've evolved with what's required, but the pictures I do for pleasure haven't changed, except for the cars in the background, the clothing. I haven't changed at all.
Somehow Photoshop and the ease with which one can produce an image has degraded the quality of photography in general.
The advantage of taking pictures of the famous is that they get published. Fame
The most awful museums are in China. They have magnificent stuff on display and just the worst way of displaying it. They just don't spend money on lighting and installation. Money, Coins & Minting
The ratio of successful shots is one in God-knows-how-many. Sometimes you'll get several in one contact sheet, and sometimes it's none for days. But as long as you go on taking pictures, you're likely to get a good one at some point.
The thing is that when you don't carry a camera, that's when you see pictures in particular, or at least that's when you think you see pictures in particular. When you do carry it, if you do see one on the occasion that you do, you can take it.
To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
When I get up in the morning I brush my teeth and go about my business, and if I am going anywhere interesting I take my camera along. Morning ;Business, Commerce & Finance
You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.