Elliott Erwitt describes himself as "a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation." This means, in over five decades of making images, he was rarely without a camera, which accounts for the extremely wide range that he shows as a photographer. A member of the prestigious Magnum agency since 1954, Erwitt boasts a body of work that depicts far-ranging subject matter spanning many continients and utilizes multiple traditions of advertising, fine art photography, and documentary photography.
Erwitt's lens captures the famous and the ordinary, the remarkable and the mundane. Thanks to their sense of humor, humanity, and accessibility, his photographs have become beloved and enduring images. He is, without a doubt, one of the era's finest image-makers.