Elliott Erwitt

American Life

Elliott Erwitt

born in 1928 in Paris (France)

Born in France in 1928, Elliott Erwitt is the epitome of a "citizen of the world". The child of Russian Jews who finally settled in the United States in 1939 after stays in Italy and France, he began taking photographs at a very young age, attempting to establish his very own language and creating a "selective vision of life". 

There is no discrimination in his photographs, only a kind and amused gaze. Elliott Erwitt likes to be surprised by daily situations where chance makes the banal comical. A wanderer with an innate talent, quick wit, and great technical expertise, he is always conscious of his environment and spontaneously captures what Henri Cartier-Bresson dubbed "the decisive moment". From Marilyn's laughter to a tender exchange between a mother and her child, from the sneer of a soldier going to war to a dance performed by lovers, Erwitt tells simple yet universal stories that touch all of us.