Monday, 9 June 2008

Elliott Erwitt

Marilyn Monroe, photographed during shooting for Some Like It Hot (1959). 'She was nice, smart, kind of amusing, and very approachable. Not a bimbo at all'

New York City, 1948. 'I don't know what it is that gives some pictures their magic, although the test is whether it really hits you and gives you a strong emotion'

New York City, 1984. 'Although the magazines that do these kinds of stories are long gone, the idea is as valid now as it ever was. I am still perpendicular, so I am still taking pictures'

Paris, 1989. 'Photography is pretty simple stuff. You just react to what you see, and take many, many pictures'
This last comment is the most pertinent. I agree, If you take 50 photos, you stand a much better chance of success than if you take 5.

A must see exhibition at Hackle Bury Fine Art and you can see images here as well as reading his story.


La Belette Rouge said...

Those are really gorgeous photos. I love the lushness of black and white photography. I suppose that as there is less to take in---the eye relaxes and can really appreciate the simplicity and complexity of the subject.

I think I have no photography skills. But Erwitt's approach to more is likely to lead to a few good ones is very liberating.

Rollergirl said...

Love his work. He did so much stuff!

materfamilias said...

What a seductive claim that is, Alison -- I'd love to believe it. I think that I have a decent eye, but I know that I have so much to learn on a technical level. I am, at least, learning to snap and snap and snap and indeed, that seems to up the chances of getting a photo that pleases me.