"It's about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy."
Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928, France) has turned his camera towards the humane and humorous since he began photographing in the late 1940s. Widely considered a master of the 'decisive' moment, Erwitt seeks to capture the irony and absurd of daily life. His success as a freelance magazine photographer came in 1953, after military service and employment as a staff photographer for Roy Stryker at the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Erwitt's documentary photographs appeared in major U.S. magazines, and he also published work through the Magnum agency founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger, and David Seymour. Over the past 60 years he has created some of the defining images of the 20th Century and his work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, ICP, and the Royal Photographic Society in Bath, amongst others.
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