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Focus Fine Art Photography Magazine Statement on the Passing of Elliott Erwitt



It is with deep sadness that we at Focus Fine Art Photography Magazine acknowledge the passing of Elliott Erwitt, a master of the photographic art form and a significant figure in 20th-century photography.

GB. ENGLAND. Birmingham. 1991.

Elliott Erwitt’s career spanned several decades, during which he captured some of the most iconic and enduring images of his time. Known for his candid and often humorous black-and-white photographs, Erwitt had a unique ability to capture the essence of everyday life, infusing each of his works with a sense of humanity and warmth.

Born in Paris in 1928 and spending his formative years in Italy before moving to the United States, Erwitt’s global perspective was evident in his diverse body of work. He became known for his street photography, capturing moments of everyday life with a keen eye for the absurd and the poignant.

GB. ENGLAND. London. 1995. British Museum.

Erwitt’s legacy extends beyond his photographic achievements. He was a member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency since 1953 and served as its president for three terms. His influence on the world of photography, both as an artist and as a mentor, cannot be overstated.

His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and his photographs are held in major international collections. Erwitt’s books, films, and documentaries further showcase his versatility and depth as an artist.

As we mourn the loss of Elliott Erwitt, we also celebrate his extraordinary life and contributions to the art of photography. His work has inspired countless photographers and will continue to do so for generations to come. Elliott Erwitt’s vision, humor, and humanity have left an indelible mark on the world, and he will be deeply missed.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and all who were touched by his remarkable work.