The Passing of a Photography Icon: Elliott Erwitt, a legend in the world of photography known for his evocative black and white imagery, passed away at the age of 95. His death was announced by Magnum, the prestigious photographers’ collective he joined in 1953, stating he died peacefully at his home surrounded by family.
Erwitt’s Early Life and Career: Born in Paris to Russian parents, Erwitt’s journey in photography began after moving to the United States during his childhood. He quickly established himself as a photographer of note, capturing some of the 20th century’s most significant moments.
Documenting History and Culture: Among his notable works was the 1959 photograph capturing the heated debate between U.S. Vice-President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Erwitt’s lens also poignantly captured the sorrow of Jacqueline Kennedy at her husband’s funeral and various culturally significant moments.
A Gift for Candid Photography: Erwitt had a unique talent for seeking out life’s charming and absurd moments. His work spanned various themes, including political events, everyday life, and his beloved canine photography.
Leaving a Mark in Cinematic History: In 1960, Erwitt’s talent took him to the Nevada desert to shoot promotional images for “The Misfits,” featuring stars like Marilyn Monroe. His photos from this project showcased the relaxed and candid moments among the iconic cast.
Erwitt’s Philosophy and Legacy: Magnum reflects on Erwitt’s belief that photography should engage the senses and emotions over intellect. His legacy, preserved in collections and exhibitions worldwide, including a current show in Lyon, France, continues to inspire and influence the world of art and photography.
A Personal Life Lived Fully: Erwitt’s personal life was as rich and varied as his professional one. Married and divorced four times, he is survived by a large family, including six children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, all part of his enduring legacy.