Friday, October 29, 2010

Elliott Erwitt at Weinstein Gallery

Meet a former president of Magnum, a fabulous photographer of those absurd and poignant moments that zip past us.  He is one of the most iconic photographers of the last 60 years and he will be here at the Weinstein Gallery tonight Oct 29th from 6-8:30pm. The show is up until January 9th.

Elliott Erwitt was born in Paris in 1928 but has lived in many locations including Italy, Los Angeles, Germany, France and mostly New York. He studied photography and filmmaking at Los Angeles City College and at the New School for Social Research in New York before working for the US Army as a photographer.  After he met and was mentored by Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker he was invited to join Magnum Photos agency and went on to be their president for 3 terms.

He has worked as a freelance photographer for many magazines and done advertising and industrial photography as well as producing 20 books.  He also has made documentary films and comedy programs for Home Box Office.

You can see examples of his work at his website and at Magnum Photos. Take a look at these images and you will realize how many you recognize because they have been routinely published over the years.  They are so beautiful, funny or moving that they are very memorable. You will be glad to have seen them.

Eva Hyvarinen
Visual Resources Assistant
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

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