One-Hundred Inimitable Photos to Get to Know Elliott Erwitt

One-Hundred Inimitable Photos to Get to Know Elliott Erwitt
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Ironic, surreal and full of humanity, Elliott Erwitt has portrayed celebrities of politics and stars of the cinema, important historical events and distant lands, but also intimate moments of his large family, embraces between lovers, animals in goofy poses, common folks described with a penetrating gaze and, at the same time, full of empathy. One-hundred shots show his work in an exhibition not to be missed with famed black and white photos and surprising colour photos chosen to retrace the entire career of the photographer. “Elliott is very connected to Milan, where he spent his youth, before leaving for the United States because of the race laws,” explains curator Biba Giacchetti, former Magnum collaborator and a student of Erwitt. At almost 94 years of age, the master returns to the city to reveal the thousand faces of his art. On display, epoch-defining photos, such as the shot of Nixon e Khrushchev in Moscow in 1959, so remarkable that the staff of the American president used it for his electoral campaign, along with photos of icons of the XX Century, such as Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara and JFK, who the reporter greatly admired. But Erwitt is, above all, the “photographer of the human comedy”, capable of transforming daily life into unexpected and expressive images. From travel reportage to stolen photos in US cities, we see how his inexorable curiosity allowed him, in a snap, to create poetic and amusing narratives which conquered the global public.

Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano