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Elliot Erwitt, from The Family of Man exhibition/book (1953/printed 1990s). First edition of the book (no jacket) is included.

This universally recognized image, capturing one of the most salient moments that defines the human condition, is a true masterpiece by renowned and much honored photographer Elliot Erwitt. Its quiet composition, with its subtle interplay of light and form, serves as the perfect frame for the vast emotional interplay expressed so effortlessly in this image. One of the truly iconic images of the 20th century, this photograph was selected by Edward Steichen for inclusion in the monumental Family of Man exhibition held at MoMA in 1955. Serene, delicate, and infinitely potent in its ability to visually communicate the universal bound between mother and child, the photograph exudes a peacefulness and tranquility that transcends its moment in history. It is every mother's icon - a quiet work, yet one charged with emotion and hope. Seemingly unposed and unrehearsed, viewers of this delicate photograph are invited to participate in the adoration of life, an affirming moment that is familiar to us all. Perfectly framed and rendered, this small corner of a rather nondescript room effortlessly rises to become a much larger metaphor for the world - rich and so very perfect in its simplicity and its power.

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  • This print was acquired by Light Impressions' Spectrum Gallery from Elliot Erwitt's gallery for an exhibition in 1992. It was acquired by the current owner from the Spectrum Gallery in 1996 and has remained in his collection ever since.
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11 x 14 in. (27.94 x 35.56 cm.)
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