PRINT January 1988


Born in Paris in 1928, Elliott Erwitt came to America at the age of 11 and developed an interest in photography as a teenager in Hollywood, California. Since 1948 he has lived in New York, achieving wide recognition as a magazine photographer; more recently, he has also worked as a filmmaker and a television producer. His books include Photographs and Anti-photographs, 1972, Observations on American Architecture, 1972, and The Angel Tree, 1984, among others, and he has made the documentary film Arthur Penn, The Director, 1970, Beauty Knows No Pains, 1971, Red, White and Blue Grass, 1973, Glassmakers of Hera, Afghanistan, 1977, and Beautiful, Baby, Beautiful, 1980. His work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Kunsthaus Zurich.