FRANCE. Paris. 1989 ©️Elliott Erwitt
Elliott Erwitt. Family is a collection of human stories that chronicles the transformation of the family from the post-war period to the beginning of the new millennium. This universal theme is interpreted by Erwitt with his unique style, both powerful and light, romantic and gently ironic, which has made this artist one of the best-loved and most-observed photographers of all time.
With ironic images featuring social division, nudist weddings, extended families, or very unusual metaphors and open endings, Erwitt takes us through moments in the lives of the world's powerful, such as the image of Jackie at Kennedy's funeral, alongside very private scenes such as the famous photo of the new-born baby on the bed, who is, in fact, Ellen, his eldest daughter.
The exhibition consists of 58 black-and-white photographs personally selected by the author together with the curator Biba Giachetti, and includes unpublished shots.
Promoted by Comune di Riccione, the exhibition is organised by Civita Mostre e Musei SpA and Maggioli Cultura, in collaboration with SudEst57. Technical sponsor: Promhotels Riccione.
Self Portrait © Elliott Erwitt _MAGNUM PHOTOS
was born in Paris to Russian émigré parents on July 26th, 1928. His formative years were spent in Milan. At the age of 10 his family moved back to Paris only to immigrate to New York a year later, then transferring to Los Angeles in 1941. While attending Hollywood High School he worked in a commercial darkroom processing “signed” prints for fans of movie stars. In 1948 by good fortune while looking for work on exploratory trips to New York City, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker who liked his photographs and took a personal guiding interest becoming significant mentors. The following year he returned to Europe traveling and photographing in Italy and France thus marking the start of his professional career. Drafted into the US Army in 1951 he continued taking photographs for various publications totally apart from his military duties while stationed in New Jersey, Germany and France. In 1953 freshly decommissioned from military service, Erwitt was invited to join Magnum Photos as a member by its founder Capa. In 1968 he became President of the prestigious agency for 3 terms. To date he continues to be one of the leading figures in the competitive field of photography. His journalistic essays, illustrations, and advertisements have been featured in publications around the world for over half a century. While continuing his work as a photographer, Erwitt began making films in the '70s. His documentaries include BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN (1971), RED WHITE AND BLUE GRASS (1973) sponsored with a grant from the American Film Institute, and the awarded THE GLASSMAKERS OF HERAT (1979). He also produced 17 comedies and special satire programs for Home Box Office in the ’80s. While actively working for magazine, industrial and advertising clients Erwitt devotes all his spare time toward creating books and exhibitions of his work. To date he is the author of nearly 45 photography book, including The Private Experience (1974), Son of Bitch (1974), Museum Watching (1998), Personal Best (2006), Elliott Erwitt’s Kolor (2013), Found, Not Lost (2021). A listing of one man shows at significant public venues include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, International Centre of Photography, Scavi Scaligeri in Verona, The Chicago Art Institute, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, The Museum of Modern Art in Paris (Palais de Tokyo), The Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, The Barbican in London, the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, the Museum of Art of the New South Wales in Sydney, Spazio Oberdan and MUDEC in Milan, International Center of Photography in New York, Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice, Reggia di Venaria Reale in Venaria, Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, various Asian venues and many others. Private galleries scattered throughout the world display, promote and sell Erwitt’s “fine art” photographs.
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