Elliott Erwitt Captures the Classiest Photos of Dogs and Celebrities From Paris to New York
- Vanessa Feder
Painting notable celebrities and compelling street sightings with a monochromatic black and white hue, Elliott Erwitt’s impeccable documentary photography is unmatchable by present-day photo talents. To be honest, the only powerhouses you can compare his strikingly bold imagery to would be the work blessed upon our eyes by other Magnum Photos image takers. Erwitt’s era-specific aesthetic and deliberately decisive approach to image taking has transcended the years, making his humorous dog captures and iconic entertainment portraits relevant and praise-worthy today. As a pioneer street photographer alongside previously covered artist Henri Cartier-Bresson, Erwitt’s work reminds viewers of both the absurd and the surreal of everyday life. In a recent exhibition PARIS-NEW YORK, viewers are teleported between both major cities, engaging with the humorous, glamorous, and candid captures behind the lens of Erwitt.
Spanning from February 25th to April 7th of this year, PARIS-NEW YORK took place at two separate galleries in Paris, France. While one exhibition highlighted a mid-to-late 20th century viewing of Parisian streets and historic landmarks, the other site held emblematic images of an effervescent New York during the same time period. From stunning visuals of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and Muhammad Ali to photographs of human-like dogs, Erwitt’s material proves to be both classic and captivating. Admire the timeless photos from the aforementioned showcase below to get a glimpse of what true greatness looks like.