Opening reception for the artist: Thursday, November 7, 6-8 pm
Edwynn Houk Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of nineteen limited
edition platinum photographs by Elliott Erwitt. The show begins Thursday, 7 November and
runs through Saturday, 4 January 2014. The artist will be present at the opening reception
on Thursday, 7 November 2013, from 6-8 pm.
Over the past sixty years legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt’s snaps, as he likes
to call them, have become some of the most recognizable photographs of the past century.
Working in the traditional Magnum style, Erwitt’s most iconic images were taken in black
and white with a 35 mm Leica and produced in his darkroom on gelatin silver paper. These
straightforward photographs range in subject matter from historic political events and
famous Hollywood movie stars to everyday family outings and his most-loved subject, dogs.
For this latest project Erwitt worked with Platinum Editions in New York (2010)
and AmanaSalto in Japan (2013) to create enlarged platinum photographs from his original
35 mm negatives. Using digital technologies, large-format negatives were created that could
be used in the higher quality platinum printing process. Erwitt personally chose nineteen
images that would lend themselves to this historic process, accentuating the rich tonal range
and delicate details. This carefully curated collection invites the viewer to look closer and
revel in the photographer's ability to evoke strong emotion while maintaining a playful and
Elliott Erwitt was born in Paris in 1928. He spent his childhood in Italy and France
before immigrating to New York at the age of eleven. He moved to Los Angeles when he was
fifteen and started working in a commercial darkroom while simultaneously enrolled in
Hollywood High School. At the age of twenty he moved back to New York where he met
Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker. Robert Capa invited him to join the
Magnum Photography Cooperative in 1953 and he has served as the President for three
terms over the decades since. He has been the subject of many major solo exhibitions around
the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian Institution,
Washington DC; the Art Institute of Chicago; and The International Center of Photography,
New York. Additionally, he has published over twenty monographs and was the recipient of
the ICP Infinity Award for Lifetime Achievements in May 2011. Elliott Erwitt lives in New
York City and continues to travel the world.