Legendary Photographer Elliott Erwitt dies aged 95

Friday, December 1, 2023
Legendary Photographer Elliott Erwitt dies aged 95

Elliot Erwitt, the American photographer whose career spanned more than 70 extraordinarily years of 20th-century history, has died.

His family shared the news of his passing through Erwitt’s official Instagram page, and his daughter confirmed the news to the New York Times

The Instagram post simply summarizes, “We are sad to share that after 95 extraordinary years, Elliott Erwitt has passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family,” He died at his home in Manhattan,  New York City on November 29.

Erwitt, a naturalized American and considered an American photographer, was born Elio Romano Erwitt on July 26, 1928, in Paris, France to Jewish-Russian parents who were immigrants from Russia. The family later moved to Milan, Italy and in 1939 when Erwitt was 10, they emigrated to the United States. This is where Erwitt went on to study photography and filmmaking at Los Angeles City College.

Oddly, it was in the United States Army, into which he was drafted in 1950, where Elliot Erwitt began to form his photography career. Working as a photographer’s assistant for the US Army while stationed in his birth country France in 1953, he got influenced by the famous photographers such as Edward Steichen, Roy Stryker and Robert Capa.

Stryker actually hired Erwitt to work on a photo project for the Standard Oil Company and from this he built up a freelance photography career that included work for Life Magazine, Collier’s, Look and others. Later, Robert Capa, founder of Magnum Photos invited Erwitt to join Magnum Photos after taking an interest in his photographic style and compositions.

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