American documentary photographer Elliott Erwitt was born Elio Romano Erwitz in 1928 in Paris to Russian parents. Often considered a master of style, Elliott Erwitt is best known for the candor and humor that shines through his black-and-white pictures. 

Elliott Erwitt

Elliott Erwitt immigrated to New York City with his family just before World War II broke out. Elliott Erwitt shot as a freelance photographer for illustrated magazines like Look, Life, Collier’s and more after joining Magnum Photos in 1953, and went on to serve as the agency’s president for three years in the 1960s.

Lets take a look at some his works;

California Kiss – Photo by Elliott Erwitt
New York City 1974 – Photo by Elliott Erwitt
New York City 2000 – Photo by Elliott Erwitt
Elliott Erwitt (1928 - )
Madrid 1995 – Photo by Elliott Erwitt
Elliott Erwitt, Paris, (Man Jumping), 1989
Paris 1989 – Photo by Elliott Erwitt

One of Elliott Erwitt’s most iconic photographs is one he casually shot of his first wife, their 6-day-old daughter and cat on the bed in their Upper East Side Manhattan apartment. The soft summer window light dapples the mussed sheets, highlighting in silver the adoring mother’s cheek and baby bare bottom; the photograph appeared in the Museum of Modern Art’s Family of Man exhibition and book.

New York 1953 – Photo by Elliott Erwitt