ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928)

ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928)
Known for his satirical humour and sharp wit, Elliott Erwitt rose to fame after he was invited to join Magnum photos by founding member Robert Capa in the 1950s. He has since become one of the world's most successful and influential photographers, having produced over twenty retrospective photography books and been honoured by numerous solo shows at establishments such as the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art and the Chicago Art Institute. He is represented in the United Kingdom by Beetles+Huxley.
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ORLEANS, FRANCE, 1952 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ORLEANS, FRANCE, 1952

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ARMISTICE DAY PARADE, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, NOVEMBER 1950 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ARMISTICE DAY PARADE, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, NOVEMBER 1950

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PARIS, FRANCE, 1989 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, FRANCE, 1989

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SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, 1955 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA, 1955

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VALENCIA, SPAIN, 1952 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VALENCIA, SPAIN, 1952

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MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1954

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EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, 1955 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, 1955

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THIRD AVENUE EL, NEW YORK CITY, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THIRD AVENUE EL, NEW YORK CITY, 1954

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FLATIRON BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, USA, 1969 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLATIRON BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY, USA, 1969

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NEW YORK CITY, 1946 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1946

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NEW YORK CITY, 1988 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1988

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NEW YORK CITY, 1948 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1948

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VERSAILLES, FRANCE, 1975 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VERSAILLES, FRANCE, 1975

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EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK, 1998 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK, 1998

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NEW YORK CITY, 1974 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1974

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STEAM TRAIN PRESS, WYOMING, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

STEAM TRAIN PRESS, WYOMING, 1954

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CHE GUEVARA, HAVANA, 1964 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHE GUEVARA, HAVANA, 1964

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RUDOLF NUREYEV, NEW YORK CITY, 1963 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

RUDOLF NUREYEV, NEW YORK CITY, 1963

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ARTHUR MILLER IN FRONT OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE, NEW YORK, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ARTHUR MILLER IN FRONT OF BROOKLYN BRIDGE, NEW YORK, 1954

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JOHN F. KENNEDY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JOHN F. KENNEDY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 1960

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JACK KEROUAC, NEW YORK CITY, 1953 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JACK KEROUAC, NEW YORK CITY, 1953

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SALVADOR DALI, 1963 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SALVADOR DALI, 1963

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MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956

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GRACE KELLY, NEW YORK CITY, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

GRACE KELLY, NEW YORK CITY, 1956

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PARIS, 1989 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, 1989

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WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, 1950 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

WILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA, 1950

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LONDON, ENGLAND, 1974 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LONDON, ENGLAND, 1974

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, 1963 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA, 1963

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AMAGANSETT, NEW YORK, 1969 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AMAGANSETT, NEW YORK, 1969

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NEW YORK CITY, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1954

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BRIGHTON, 1966 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BRIGHTON, 1966

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MUHAMMAD ALI VS JOE FRAZIER, NEW YORK CITY, 1971 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MUHAMMAD ALI VS JOE FRAZIER, NEW YORK CITY, 1971

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HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, 1974 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, 1974

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PAPEETE, TAHITI, 1980 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PAPEETE, TAHITI, 1980

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PARIS, FRANCE, 1992 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, FRANCE, 1992

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NEW YORK, USA, 1969 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK, USA, 1969

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LONDON, ENGLAND, 1966 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LONDON, ENGLAND, 1966

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PARIS, 1970 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, 1970

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FIFTH AVENUE, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, DECEMBER 1950 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FIFTH AVENUE, PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, DECEMBER 1950

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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, 1950 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, 1950

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ROME, 2005 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 2005

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NEW YORK CITY, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1956

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NEW YORK CITY, 1963 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1963

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NEW YORK CITY, 2000 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 2000

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BALLYCOTTON, IRELAND, 1968 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BALLYCOTTON, IRELAND, 1968

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CHARLOTTENBERG, BERLIN, 1995 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHARLOTTENBERG, BERLIN, 1995

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THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK, 1949 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK, 1949

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CHE GUEVARA, HAVANA, 1964 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHE GUEVARA, HAVANA, 1964

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TUSCANY, ITALY, 2004 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TUSCANY, ITALY, 2004

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MILAN, ITALY, 2002 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MILAN, ITALY, 2002

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NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, 1955 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, 1955

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PRADO MUSEUM, MADRID, 1995 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PRADO MUSEUM, MADRID, 1995

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BRIDGEHAMPTON, NEW YORK, 1982 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NEW YORK, 1982

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CANNES, FRANCE, 1975 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CANNES, FRANCE, 1975

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CANNES, FRANCE, 1975 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CANNES, FRANCE, 1975

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DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, 1975 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, 1975

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8TH ARRONDISSEMENT, PARIS, 1970 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

8TH ARRONDISSEMENT, PARIS, 1970

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PISA, 1976 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PISA, 1976

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FLORIDA KEYS, 1968 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FLORIDA KEYS, 1968

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MANAGUA, NICARAGUA, 1957 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MANAGUA, NICARAGUA, 1957

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MARILYN MONROE AND LEE STRASBERG WATCHING THE RUSHES OF 'THE MISFITS', RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE AND LEE STRASBERG WATCHING THE RUSHES OF 'THE MISFITS', RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956

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MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956

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MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956

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'THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH' CONTACT SHEET, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

'THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH' CONTACT SHEET, 1954

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CONTACT SHEET 571, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CONTACT SHEET 571, 1956

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CONTACT SHEET NUMBER 573, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CONTACT SHEET NUMBER 573, 1956

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'THE MISFITS' CONTACT SHEET, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

'THE MISFITS' CONTACT SHEET, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956

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MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, NEW YORK, 1956

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MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE ON THE SET OF 'THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH', NEW YORK CITY, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE ON THE SET OF 'THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH', NEW YORK CITY, 1954

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MONTGOMERY CLIFT, MARILYN MONROE AND CLARK GABLE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MONTGOMERY CLIFT, MARILYN MONROE AND CLARK GABLE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE ON THE SET OF 'THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH', NEW YORK CITY, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE ON THE SET OF 'THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH', NEW YORK CITY, 1954

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FRANK TAYLOR, MONTGOMERY CLIFT, ELI WALLACH, ARTHUR MILLER, MARILYN MONROE, JOHN HUSTON AND CLARK GABLE ON THE SET OF 'THE MISFITS', RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FRANK TAYLOR, MONTGOMERY CLIFT, ELI WALLACH, ARTHUR MILLER, MARILYN MONROE, JOHN HUSTON AND CLARK GABLE ON THE SET OF 'THE MISFITS', RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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CLARK GABLE AND MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CLARK GABLE AND MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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ARTHUR MILLER, FRANK TAYLOR, ELI WALLACH, JOHN HOUSTON, MONTGOMERY CLIFT, MARILYN MONROE AND CLARK GABLE, 'THE MISFITS' SET, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ARTHUR MILLER, FRANK TAYLOR, ELI WALLACH, JOHN HOUSTON, MONTGOMERY CLIFT, MARILYN MONROE AND CLARK GABLE, 'THE MISFITS' SET, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MARILYN MONROE, RENO, NEVADA, 1960

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LEFT BANK CAFE, PARIS, 1951 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LEFT BANK CAFE, PARIS, 1951

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ROME, 1978 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 1978

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PARIS, 1969 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, 1969

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MILAN, ITALY, 2000 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MILAN, ITALY, 2000

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ROME, 1959 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 1959

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ROME, 1959 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 1959

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ROME, 2004 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 2004

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ENOSHIMA, JAPAN, 2003 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ENOSHIMA, JAPAN, 2003

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AMAGANSETT, NEW YORK, 1990 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AMAGANSETT, NEW YORK, 1990

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SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER, FRANCE, 1977 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SAINTES MARIES DE LA MER, FRANCE, 1977

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RIO DE JANEIRO, 1984 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

RIO DE JANEIRO, 1984

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VENICE, ITALY, 1949 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VENICE, ITALY, 1949

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ROME, 1966 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 1966

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VATICAN CITY, ITALY, 1993 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VATICAN CITY, ITALY, 1993

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VATICAN, CITY, 1978 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VATICAN, CITY, 1978

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ROME, 1959 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 1959

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NEW MEXICO, USA, 1962 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW MEXICO, USA, 1962

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SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, 1962 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA, 1962

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NEW YORK CITY, USA, 1973 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, USA, 1973

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HONFLEUR, FRANCE, 1968 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HONFLEUR, FRANCE, 1968

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EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK, 1983 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

EAST HAMPTON, NEW YORK, 1983

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BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, 1983 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, 1983

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PARIS, FRANCE, 1989 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, FRANCE, 1989

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HUNGARY, 1964 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HUNGARY, 1964

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, 1991 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, 1991

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KENT, ENGLAND, 1968 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

KENT, ENGLAND, 1968

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TUSCANY, ITALY, 1949 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

TUSCANY, ITALY, 1949

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KENT, ENGLAND, 1984 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

KENT, ENGLAND, 1984

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NAPLES, ITALY, 2004 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NAPLES, ITALY, 2004

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SICILY, ITALY, 1965 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SICILY, ITALY, 1965

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MIKONOS, GREECE, 1976 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

MIKONOS, GREECE, 1976

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NEW YORK CITY, 1990 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1990

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NEW YORK CITY, 1990 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1990

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NEW YORK CITY, 1990 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1990

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CONEY ISLAND, NEW YORK, 1975 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CONEY ISLAND, NEW YORK, 1975

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ROME, 2008 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ROME, 2008

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POPE JOHN PAUL II, ROME, 1978 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

POPE JOHN PAUL II, ROME, 1978

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NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV AND RICHARD NIXON, MOSCOW, 1959 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NIKITA KHRUSHCHEV AND RICHARD NIXON, MOSCOW, 1959

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FIDEL CASTRO, HAVANA, 1964 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FIDEL CASTRO, HAVANA, 1964

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NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952

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NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952

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NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952

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NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEUILLY, PARIS, 1952

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BUDAPEST, 1964 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BUDAPEST, 1964

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ARKANSAS, 1954 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ARKANSAS, 1954

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NEW YORK CITY, 1953 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW YORK CITY, 1953

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, 1949 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA, 1949

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CHE GUEVARA, HAVANA, 1964 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CHE GUEVARA, HAVANA, 1964

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ARIZONA, 1978 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

ARIZONA, 1978

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CONEY ISLAND, NEW YORK, 1956 by ELLIOTT ERWITT (Born 1928) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CONEY ISLAND, NEW YORK, 1956

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Early Years

Elliott Erwitt was born on 26 July 1928 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, to Russian parents and named Elio Romano Ervitz. Soon after he was born the family moved to Milan, where he spent his childhood. With war looming and the family's Jewish background an increasing danger, on 1 September 1939 they took the last ship out of peacetime Europe on the Ile de France, arriving in New York five days after the outbreak of war. As Erwitt has said: "Thanks to Benito Mussolini, I'm an American."

Following the separation of his parents in 1941, Erwitt moved to Los Angeles with his father and began teaching himself photography. His father moved to New Orleans to become an antiques dealer, leaving the teenager to provide for himself by working in a bakery and photographing local occasions. Whilst studying at Hollywood High School Erwitt took photography classes. On graduating he went to work in a commercial darkroom, processing "signed" prints of movie stars. He purchased the camera of the moment, a Rolleiflex, and went on to study photography at Los Angeles City College.

Photographic Career

Leaving California at the age of eighteen because, as he said, "nothing was happening there", Erwitt took a Greyhound bus to New York. Becoming involved in the New York photography scene, he met influential photographers, Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. He worked with Stryker on an award-winning project to document the modernisation of Pittsburgh for the Mellon Foundation. Steichen had recently been appointed director of the department of photography and the Museum of Modern Art and would go on to curate the hugely significant The Family of Man exhibition in 1955 in which Erwitt's photograph of his wife, his six-day-old daughter, Ellen, and their cat, Brutus, was included.

Erwitt continued to photograph through the course of his military service, during stationing in France and Germany, carrying a Leica with a collapsible lens in the pocket of his uniform. He won a Life magazine contest for his photograph Bed and Boredom, in which a Private lies on his bedsprings, and received $1500 and a letter of congratulations from the commanding general.

Before leaving to take up his post in Europe, Capa had told Erwitt to look him up in Paris, and the young photographer duly presented the revered photojournalist with some of the magazine work he had undertaken. At the end of his service, Erwitt returned to New York and joined Magnum Photos, the invitation-only agency Capa had recently established with Henri Cartier-Bresson and David "Chim" Seymour. Erwitt went on to serve three terms as the president of Magnum and remains a member to this day. His reputation grew as he undertook important assignments including "the kitchen cabinet debate" between President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev in 1959 and the funeral of John F. Kennedy at which he captured the president's widow, Jackie Kennedy, crying behind a black veil. Other celebrities to have to have sat for Erwitt include Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Humphrey Bogart, Jack Kerouac and Grace Kelly.

Known for his dog portraits, much of Erwitt's photography centres on humour and irony. Along with his "business" camera Erwitt would carry a "hobby" camera, a Leica M3 with a 50mm standard lens, loaded with Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP4, on which he took many of his most famous images. During the 1970s he made short films, television advertisements and documentaries, including the award-winning Glassmakers of Heart, Afghanistan (1977).

Exhibitions and Publications

Erwitt has published over twenty books and has held solo exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Chicago Institute of Art. In 2015 he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award by the World Photography Organisation. He lives and works in New York.

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