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Concurrent with a major retrospective at the International C enter of Photography\, Elliott
Erwitt: Personal Best (on through Augu st 28\, 2011)\, Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to
announce an exhibit ion of over 20 black and white prints spanning Erwitt’s 60 year career.
The exhibition will be on view at Edwynn Houk Gallery from 30 June throu gh 19 August.

A photographer since 1948 and a member of the pr estigious Magnum Photo Agency since 1953\, Elliott Erwitt’s early photograp hs set a precedent for the genre of social landscape. His work anticipated the iconic imagery of Lee Friedlander\, Garry Winogrand\, Robert Frank (who se first roommate\, upon arriving to the United States\, was Erwitt) among others who embraced the genre. Juxtaposing natural and manmade landscapes\, Erwitt’s photographs recall an awareness of how man affects his natural su rroundings in blatant and ironic ways. Overtly conscious that the eye of th e camera depends on four key factors—frame\, perspective\, focus and time—E rwitt’s camera-vision arrangements strike the viewer with their meticulous composition and simultaneous “decisive moment” precision.

Born on July 26\, 1928\, in Paris\, France\, Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan. His family returned to Paris in 1938 and immigrated to New York the following year. His interest in photography began as a teenager living in Hollywood\, California. While a student at Hollywood High School\, Erwit t began working in a commercial darkroom developing celebrity portraiture. In 1948\, Erwitt moved to New York where he met photographers Robert Capa\, Edward Steichen and Roy Stryker. As a young member of this elite photograp hic milieu\, Erwitt’s professional career blossomed.

Elliott E rwitt is a keen observer of subjects ranging from major socio-political dev elopments to young lovers in the midst of fledgling romance. Maintaining hi s pledge\, “to capture things that are\,” Erwitt’s photography stands as a monument to the humanist tradition taken up by Magnum and its founder\, Hen ri Cartier-Bresson. Embodying a documentarian\, and humoristic impulse\, Er witt’s photographs yield a certain wit\, charm\, and melancholia. Erwitt st ates\, “Some people say my pictures are sad\, some think they’re funny. Fun ny and sad\, aren’t they really the same thing?”

Elliott Erwit t has participated in a variety of one-person exhibitions in museums and ga lleries around the world including: Museum of Modern Art\, New York\; Smith sonian\, Washington D.C.\; Art Institute of Chicago\; Kunsthaus\, Zurich\; and Photokina\, Cologne. Elliott Erwitt has published over 20 books includi ng Personal Exposure (Norton and Company\, 1988)\, Snaps (Phaidon\, 2001)\, and Personal Best (TeNeus\, 2006).

DTEND:20110819 DTSTAMP:20140830T132156 DTSTART:20110630 GEO:40.76326;-73.973161 LOCATION:Edwynn Houk Gallery\,745 Fifth Avenue\, 4th Floor \nNew York\, NY 10151 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Elliott Erwitt\, Elliott Erwitt UID:168838 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR