Elliot Erwitt By Courtney mcquay; Photo Imaging w2

Elliot Erwitt was an American advertising and documentary photographer. He was born in Paris, France on July 26, 1928. Erwitt's parents had separated when he was four years old, but were later forced to come back together because of rises in fascism in Europe. In 1939, Erwitt's family immigrated to the United States, 2 days before the start of World War 2. In 1941, he and his father moved to Hollywood, California, where Elliot took up photography in high school. A few years later when Erwitt was sixteen years old, his father was forced to leave to New Orleans due to financial issues, leaving Elliot in Hollywood. In 1949, Erwitt moved back to New York. In 1951, during the Korean War, Elliot was drafted into the U.S. Army, and while he was stationed in France and Germany, he worked as a photographer's assistant. Erwitt was then decommissioned in 1953.

While Erwitt was stationed in France, he met a dutch woman named Lucienne Van Kan. They quickly fell in love and were swiftly married in Bermuda, allowing her to bypass US immigration laws and get into the United States on a visa. They quickly had their first child who was born in Manhattan, NY. Through the next few decades of Erwitt's photography career, his and Lucienne's relationship had fallen out, and they divorced in 1960. In three years, he met another woman named Dianna Dann, which he married in 1968, and divorced again in the mid '70's. He met a Texan woman, Susan Ringo in 1977, which also ended mid '80's. In 1995, he married a woman named Pia Frankenburg, who he is still married to.

Erwitt was famous for taking photographs of his dogs and his black and white photos of irony in everyday situations. His career took of after meeting Roy Stryker, who hired him to do a project for the Standard Oil Company. Afterwards, Erwitt had an independent career in photography, working for Life, Look, Holiday, and Coiller’s. In 1953, Erwitt worked for Magnum Photos, and now have the opportunity to travel around the world to take photographs. In the 1970's however, he took up film-making. His most famous movies were the 1970, Gimme Shelter, and the 1972, Beauty knows no pain.

Erwitt has also written many books, which are mainly about dogs. Some of his more well known books on dogs include: Dogdogs (1998), Son of bitch (1974), and Woof (2008). Erwitt has won a Royal photographic society's centenary medal and an honorary fellowship in 2002, and a lifetime achievement award in 2007.

Famous Photographs:

Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev (left) and US President Richard Nixon (right) at the Kitchen Debate, 1959, Moscow
USA, 1974, New York City
Jacqueline Kennedy mourning her husband at his funeral, 25 November 1963, Arlington, Virginia
USA, 1950, North Carolina
Spain, 1995. Madrid
USA, 2000, New York CIty
USA, 1951. New Jersey

References:

O'Mahony, John. "Profile: Elliott Erwitt." The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 26 Dec. 2003. Web. 09 Dec. 2016.

faded and blurred. "The Art of Observation: Elliott Erwitt - Faded & Blurred." Faded & Blurred. N.p., 01 Apr. 2016. Web. 09 Dec. 2016.

"Home." Photography and Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2016.

"Jumping Dogs And Photo-Toons: Meet Photographer Elliott Erwitt." NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2016.

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