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Elliott Erwitt

California (California Kiss), 1955

Erwitt's parents were from Russia; he was born in France in 1928 and spent his first ten years in Italy. His family then moved to California.

Known for:
Spontaneous humorous photographs; political events; dogs; people.

Most Popular Images:
"California (California Kiss)"; "Woman's Feet & Dog"; "Arlington, VA (Jackie at JFK's Funeral".

Did you know ... ?
Erwitt speaks 4 languages. His first camera was an antique glass plate camera, bought when he was 14. He started supporting himself at 15, printing movie stars' photographs. Eduard Steichen helped him get his first commercial job. Erwitt was one of the original founders of Magnum Photo Agency. Elliott loves to tease; his red clown nose often appears at special events.

"When you can make someone laugh and cry, alternately, as [Charlie] Chaplin does, now that's the highest of all possible achievements."
"I rarely stage pictures. I wait for them... let them take their own time."

General Format:
Black and white photographs in sizes from 8" x 10" to 30" x 40" .

How many photographs exist?
All photographs are printed in open editons; less than 100 examples of each, except for The California Kiss .

$4000 - $14,500.

View Elliott Erwitt's Photographs

How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed by Erwitt or under his supervision. Signed au recto ink; some au verso pencil.

Yes, there are some vintage photographs available.

Technical Information:
T35mm camera - Leica.


Books - In Print (Order your book now!):
Unseen, Personal Best

All published images are available.

Price History:
1976: $200 - $500
1986: $500 - $2,000
2000: $950 - $7,500
2007: $2800-$8500

2014: $3000-$12,500
2016: $4000-$14,500

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.


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