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Galerie Esther Woerdehoff : Elliott Erwitt : Discovered Not Shed

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“At 90, my get the job done seems unique to me than what I had seen before… There is a time for photographs that say howdy, and there is a time for listening.” – Elliott Erwitt in 2018

The “Found Not Lost” exhibition focused to the American photographer Elliott Erwitt delivers the conference of two means of on the lookout that the artist understood how to provide to the environment.
Initially, that of the genius reporter from the Magnum pictures Agency, whose audacious photos humorously highlight the absurdity of the human problem.
On the other hand, that of a man in the latter stage of his life who decides, commencing in 2018, to re-analyze the pictures taken at the commence of his job, much from the tumult of commissions.

By leaning once again on this ocean of get hold of sheets, Elliott Erwitt was capable to pay attention to the voice of the younger photographer that he was. With this reexamination, it is his eyesight of the world that he thoughts.

If most of the artist’s images nowadays have legendary standing, it is for the reason that they possess this strength linked to the deep human determination that emanates from them. It is a look that is fascinated in the way in which the residing inhabit the environment, with all the incongruity and seriousness that entails.

An awareness that will make us think and have an understanding of the setting all-around us, with humor as the emphasize.

Unpublished photographs, extensive awaited, have as for them, a very singular power which is because of to the melancholy which emerges from them. The languor that prevails in these black and white scenes differs from the spectacular images of film stars, the acerbic humor of puppy series or even the clichés with Hollywood accents, with which we are accustomed to affiliate the artist.

They on the contrary of these images remained in the margins, seized through moments of respiration away from the frantic rhythm of the assignment.

Nevertheless, these now rehabilitated photos exercise the identical electric power of attraction on the viewer as the most popular photographs.

Defining his possess photos as opinions of the daily absurdity that performs out right before our eyes, Elliott Erwitt has established by his work an unbelievable cartography of human thoughts.

The key to this fascination could lie in the truth that these pictures tend toward this “elusive ideal” of which the artist speaks as a instant wherever anything will come alongside one another.

The “Found Not Lost” exhibition so intends to make a dialogue in between previously legendary photographs, on which a lot of eyes have focused, and formerly unseen illustrations or photos.

Elisa Bernard


Elliott Erwitt was born in Paris to Russian immigrant mom and dad on July 26, 1928, and grew up in Milan. In 1939, faced with National Socialism, his family members returned to Paris

to immigrate to New York a year later on, then to Los Angeles in 1941.

At fifteen, while attending Hollywood Higher School, he discovered his first occupation in a professional photo studio where he produced contact sheets for stars and starlets in the film sector.

In 1946, Erwitt returned to the East Coastline – New York which has been his household port ever due to the fact. Listed here, he met Robert Capa, Edward Steichen and Roy Stryker who entrusted him with his initially missions, thus turning into critical mentors of the young photographer .

In 1949, he returned to Europe and invested a 12 months touring by France and Italy. Termed up by the US Army in 1951, he attained a posture as a darkroom assistant in a stationed courier device in Germany and France.

Following his discharge from the military in 1953, Elliott Erwitt was invited to join Magnum Pictures as a member by its founder Robert Capa.

In 1968, he grew to become president of the prestigious company for 3 conditions. Erwitt worked for all the major names in the golden age of photojournalism, together with Glimpse, Everyday living, Collier’s and Holiday, to identify a several.

Journalistic assignments alternated with business function, but he always produced time for his additional personal photographs – his “cliches” as he likes to call them.

In the 1970s, he turned significantly to moving images and created a number of documentaries (Natural beauty Understands no Suffering (1971) Pink White and Blue Grass (1973)), as very well as a sequence of comedies for the American television channel HBO in the 1980s. His operate is represented in renowned collections all over the entire world solo exhibitions have been hosted by establishments this kind of as MoMA New York, the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Kunsthaus Zürich.

While actively performing for journals, industrial and advertising consumers, Erwitt devotes all of his totally free time to developing books and exhibits of his work.


Elliott Erwitt : Located Not Lost
January 13 – March 5, 2022
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Rue Marguerite-Dellenbach 3
1205, Geneva, Switzerland


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