Elliott Erwitt Snaps; Postcards

Elliott Erwitt Snaps; Postcards

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One of the leading photographers of his generation, Elliott Erwitt (b.1928) has been taking pictures since the late 1940s. A member of the prestigious Magnum agency since 1954, he has photographed all over the world and his images have been the subject of many books and exhibitions. Containing over 500 pictures, over half of which have never been published before, Elliott Erwitt Snaps is a unique and comprehensive survey of his work. From famous images such as Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon arguing in Moscow in 1959 and Marilyn Monroe with the cast of the movie The Misfits, to his many more personal images of places, things, people and animals, Erwitt's unmistakable, often witty, style gives us a snapshot of the famous and the ordinary, the strange and the mundane over a period of more than half a century, through the lens of one of the period's finest image-makers. The book is arranged in nine chapters, each with a one-word title: Look, Move, Play, Read, Rest, Touch, Tell, Point, Stand. For Erwitt, whose photography is a study and celebration of life, these are the basic actions of life - the things people do.
The photographs are not intended to illustrate the words, but the words act as a means of grouping and organizing, making broad connections and also playing with pun and ambiguity, in keeping with the visual games Erwitt plays.
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Product details

  • Cards | 50 pages
  • 144.78 x 203.2 x 33.02mm | 300g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0714847623
  • 9780714847627
  • 207,532

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'Saturated with an irrepressible sense of humour and love of humanity. What else would you expect from a man obsessed with dogs?' (Colin Jacobson, Traveller)
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'This tome shows that he hasn't lost any of the visual wit that makes one relish his pictures, while, at the same time, recognizing the melancholy that infuses any realization of the arbitrariness of existence.' (Time Out) 'Rare among photographers, Erwitt can make you laugh out loud (just turn to pages 86-87), but his scope is Tolstoyan. This 550-page retrospective will absorb you for years.' (The Independent) 'An essential career-spanning retrospective that reveals Erwitt's unassuming wit, brilliant framing and deep humanity.' (New York Post) 'Haunting, absorbing, evocative and sometimes funny.' (OK!) 'Poignant and poetic.' (The Herald) 'Saturated with an irrepressible sense of humour and love of humanity. What else would you expect from a man obsessed with dogs?' (Colin Jacobson, Traveller) '[Erwitt's] photos reveal a joy in the peculiar playgrounds of human activity ... His eye, modest, charming, graceful and forever peeled for the dazzlingly unexpected, has led his oeuvre being labelled by one commentator as the 'indecisive moment'.' (World of Interiors )
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About Elliott Erwitt

A comprehensive monograph covering the complete career of the leading Magnum photographer.
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The postcards came in a sturdy, solid box. They are already individually cut so there is no need to tear them out from any book or anything like that. The cards are huge: 19 x 13 cm. The paper is glossy cardstock - good quality stuff that\'s not easily bendable. The backs of the postcards are also glossy though, which means ink may smudge. But I used a ballpoint pen, so no problems. There is tons of space on the back of the postcards to write on, and sufficient address lines. As for the photos, they are fantastic! You get a mix of bizarre (one postcard shows a couple looking at naked mummified corpses in a museum), funny (e.g. a fat man gazes at 2 well-built hunks next to him in a gym; a woman is the only admirer of a painting featuring a clothed woman, while next to her a group of men admire another similar painting featuring a nude woman, etc), amusing (e.g. a group of nude people paint a clothed woman for art class; a man looks as if he\'s got a bulldog for a face, etc), quirky, poignant, and so on. A very eclectic selection. My only gripe was that some of the photos are very grainy. It makes the quality seem bad. But then again, the majority of the photos were taken in the mid- to late-20th Century, and being in black and white, the grain helps give them a vintage noir feel I guess. The best thing I liked about this set of postcards is that, because you are given 2 copies of each postcard (there are 25 designs but 50 postcards in the box), you get to keep one set for yourself! Brilliant!show more
by Ammy
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