Quote of the Week by Elliott Erwitt


“It’s just seeing—at least the photography I care about. You either see or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Anyone can learn how to develop. It’s how you organise what you see into a picture.” —Elliott Erwitt (1928)

Elliott Erwitt is an American documentary photographer considered one of the masters of his medium. Known for his candid and often humorous black-and-white images, Erwitt is responsible for some of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, including indelible portraits of figures like Marilyn Monroe, Che Guevara, and Richard Nixon. Over the course of his career, the artist has published numerous photobooks, often with a particular focus on dogs. Born in Paris, France, his family emigrated to the United States in 1939. He went on to study photography at Los Angeles Community College and filmmaking at the New School for Social Research, and later worked as a photojournalist. After serving in the early 1950s, he was invited to join Magnum Photos by Robert Capa who, along with Edward Steichen and Roy Stryker, admired Erwitt’s style of off-the-cuff shooting. His works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Cleveland Museum of Art, among others.