In his work, Elliot Erwitt uses his gift of observation to capture an array of all-too-human situations, combining irony with insight and lightness with profundity. The KuK Centre now presents a comprehensive retrospective of around 150 works, spanning more than half a century of the Magnum photographer's career.
Elliott Erwitt embodies a type of photographer that has become extremely rare – one who views the world with his heart as much as with his eyes, enabling him to notice things we tend to overlook: the small absurdities of everyday life, or the tiny moments in which a gesture or an expression says more than a thousand words.
One of the leading photographers of his generation, Erwitt is extremely versatile. His broad spectrum of subjects ranges from humans and animals to politics or spontaneous scenes of a touching moment. For Erwitt, photography is above all an 'art of observation', which depends first and foremost on one's particular perception of the world. His photographs reflect the irony of life, which is why he is sometimes amiably referred to as the 'Woody Allen of Photography'.
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