Spotlight On – Elliot Erwitt

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Spotlight On – Elliot Erwitt

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my website – yes I’m still here! The struggles of dealing with an invisible illness is that most people think if you look fine –  you must be. Well I only wish it was as simple as that!

But along with the struggles, your creative mind tends to tick by untouched.

Today I would like to share with you a Photographer who’s work I have followed, photography I have admired, stories I continue to learn from.

 

Elliott Erwitt is an American advertising and documentary photographer, best known for his Black & White candid photos of ironic and absurd situations within everyday life. Before joining Magnum Photos in 1954, he served as a photography assistant in the United States Army.

 

 

 

Some of the Images I look at on a regular basis are just striking….

 

 

While in the Army he was stationed in France and Germany, during this time he met famous photographers Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker.

 

 

After a time working as a freelance photographer, Erwitt was invited to become a member of Magnum Photos by the founder Robert Capa.

 

One of the Subjects Erwitt has frequently photographed is Dogs, they have been the subject of five of his books, Son of Bitch (1974) To the Dogs (1992) Dogs Dogs (1998) Woof (2005) and Elliott Erwitt’s Dogs (2008).

 

 

 

When I work from home and have time to scroll through his gallery of images, every time I am reminded of the powerful message the photograph represents. I mean if is has this impact today – can you imagine the message it sent across back then.

We have to keep moving and promote change, as we are growing and learning all the time, things that may not have been clear once upon a time, certainly are now – so why not keep moving!

 

 

One thing I have learnt very recently, is that if you have a voice – use it! If you have a platform to get people to stop and think – use it!

 

Elliott Erwitt was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and an honorary fellowship in 2002 in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.

 

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my Spotlight on Elliott Erwitt today. I will bring you another spotlight soon. Stay strong and keep using your strengths to share your story. Someone to listening – Keep Moving!

Photo Credit – Elliott Erwitt

 

 

Faye Neal Photography x

 

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