Elliott Erwitt (1928-present, French-American)

Elliott Erwitt New York City. Self-portrait. 1998

Self-portrait
1998

Elliott Erwitt (1928-present, French-American) is known for his candid shot black and white photographs.  He photographed Marilyn Monroe, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara and also captured the historic meeting between President Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev. Born to Jewish-Russian immigrants in Paris, on the eve of WWII the family immigrated to the United States. Erwitt then studied photography and film making in California.  

Erwitt was influenced by the great photographers of the time: Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. He soon became a freelance photographer and was invited to join Magnum Photos by Robert Capa. Erwitt claims that much of his success has come from being at the right place at the right time.

Even though Erwitt is known for his photographs and love of dogs, publishing four books centered on them, Son of a Bitch, Dog Dogs, Woof and Elliott Erwitt: To the Dogs, he also photographed cats, primarily including them in his photographs of women. Either in the arms of famous actresses, surrounding old “cat ladies” , or as symbols of fertility and motherhood, Erwitt captured cats’ importance as social and cultural icons.

 

Elliott Erwitt Alameda CA 1978

Alameda CA 1978

 

Black Cat, Venice 1949, Elliott Erwitt

Black Cat
Venice
1949

 

Elliott Erwitt, Cat Fight

Cat Fight

 

Cat, NY 1950 Elliott Erwitt

Cat, NY 1950

 

Cat Posing on a Statue, Rome, Elliott Erwitt

Cat Posing on a Statue, Rome

 

Elliott Erwitt, Black Cat, South America 1972

Black Cat
South America 1972

 

Elliott Erwitt, Cat 1992

Cat 1992

 

 

Louise with two kittens, NYC 1953b Elliott Erwitt

Louise with two kittens, NYC 1953

 

Elliott Erwitt, Wife and first child with cat

Wife and first child with cat

 

Elliott Erwitt, Woman and Kitten

Woman and Kitten

 

Elliott Erwitt, Woman and Kitten, 1953

Louise and Kitten, 1953

 

 

Elliott Erwitt, Woman and Cat

Woman and Cat

 

Black Cat, Rome 1959, Elliott Erwitt

Black Cat
Rome 1959

 

Cat Hiding, Rome, Italy 1955, Elliott Erwitt

Cat Hiding
Rome, Italy 1955

 

Elliott Erwitt Dog and Cat Long Island, New York. 1969

Dog and Cat
Long Island, New York. 1969

 

Dog and Kitten, Normandy 1995 Elliott Erwitt

Dog and Kitten Normandy 1995

 

Elliott Erwitt, Black Cat on a Bed

Black Cat on a Bed

 

White Cat, Rome 1955, Elliott Erwitt

White Cat
Rome 1955

 


Two Cats, Chinatown, New York 1955 Elliott Erwitt

Two Cats
Chinatown, New York 1955

 

Woman Feeding Stray Cats, Rome 1959a, Elliott Erwitt

Woman Feeding Stray Cats
Rome 1959

 

Old Woman and Stray Cats, Rome 1956, Elliott Erwitt

Old Woman and Stray Cats
Rome 1956

 

Elliott Erwitt, Paris Woman and Cats

Woman and Cats
Paris

 

Ewa Aulin with Hurricane the Kitten, 1968 Elliott Erwitt

Ewa Aulin with Hurricane the Kitten
1968

 

Gabriella Farinon pickingup a cat, Elliott Erwitt, 1970's

Gabriella Farinon picking up a cat
1970’s

 

Monica Vitti holding a Cat on set of Infidelity, Elliott Erwitt

Monica Vitti holding a Cat on set of Infidelity

 

Ombretta Colli with her cat Angelo, Elliott Erwitt

Ombretta Colli with her cat Angelo

 

Elliott Erwitt, Woman Grooming a Cat, 1953

Woman Grooming a Cat, 1953

 

Cat Show, NYC 1953, Elliott Erwitt

Cat Show, NYC 1953

 

Cat Show, NYC 1953, Elliott Erwitt

Cat Show, NYC 1953

 

Cat Show, USA 1990, Elliott Erwitt

Cat Show, USA 1990

 

Elliott Erwitt, Child with White Cat, New York 1953

Child with White Cat, New York 1953

 

Cat Scratching, Elliott Erwitt NYC1990

Cat Scratching
NYC 1990

 

Cat on a Bird Cage, Paris 1990, Elliott Erwitt

Cat on a Bird Cage
Paris 1990

 


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