Whether people or dogs, celebrities or strangers, Elliott Erwitt’s rich body of work tells simple but universal stories, direct and full of humour, sensitive and poignant. Today he celebrates his 90th birthday.
The son of Russian Jews, was born in Paris, grew up in Milan, and then emigrated to the USA with his parents in 1939. Elliott Erwitt is the epitome of a world citizen who found his voice in photography, using it not only to understand the world, but to document it from his own unique perspective. He found his way to the medium very early on, and it offered him the largest degree of freedom possible.
Erwitt never mocks people nor makes them look silly, he never discriminates: he observes and accentuates in a tone that is consistently friendly, amused and entertaining.
You can find a selection of his work in the latest issue of LFI Magazine.