The first comprehensive monograph covering the complete career of Elliott Erwitt (b.1928), one of the leading photographers of his generation, and an influential member of the Magnum photographic agency since 1954. One of the greatest image makers of his generation, Elliott Erwitt (b.1928) describes himself as 'a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation.' A member of Magnum since 1954, his camera has taken him all over the globe and his pictures have been the subject of many books and exhibitions worldwide. Artist and documenter, his work spans many traditions, subjects and approaches to photography.
Charles Flowers is an award-winning author or coauthor of fifty-eight books, most recently Mapping the Stars, The Big Bang (with David Appel), and A Science Odyssey: 100 Years of Discovery, the companion book to the PBS series. Elliott Erwitt, 1928 in Paris geboren, kam Ende der dreißiger Jahre in die USA. In den vierziger und fünfziger Jahren machte er sich als führender Zeitschriftenfotograf einen Namen, und 1953 trat er der renommierten Agentur "Magnum" bei. Neben seiner Tätigkeit für Zeitschriften feierte er Erfolge als Werbefotograf und Filmemacher. Heute lebt Erwitt in New York City, hält sich aber gern auch in Paris auf.
'This tome shows that he hasn't lost any of the visual wit that makes one relish his pictures, while, at the same time, recognizing the melancholy that infuses any realization of the arbitrariness of existence.' (Time Out) 'Rare among photographers, Erwitt can make you laugh out loud (just turn to pages 86-87), but his scope is Tolstoyan. This 550-page retrospective will absorb you for years.' (The Independent) 'An essential career-spanning retrospective that reveals Erwitt's unassuming wit, brilliant framing and deep humanity.' (New York Post) 'Haunting, absorbing, evocative and sometimes funny.' (OK!) 'Poignant and poetic.' (The Herald) 'Saturated with an irrepressible sense of humour and love of humanity. What else would you expect from a man obsessed with dogs?' (Colin Jacobson, Traveller) '[Erwitt's] photos reveal a joy in the peculiar playgrounds of human activity ... His eye, modest, charming, graceful and forever peeled for the dazzlingly unexpected, has led his oeuvre being labelled by one commentator as the 'indecisive moment'.' (World of Interiors )