On the Cover Photo
On the Cover Photo
November 20, 2023
The stunning spectacle, put on by Macy's department store and following a route from Upper Manhattan to Midtown West, draws hundreds of thousands of tourists and New Yorkers every year – so it is especially fortunate when you can enjoy a good view from a window. While you may miss the procession of colourful floats, marching bands and dancers at street level, you may well find the enormous balloons of cartoon figures, which have traditionally been part of the final segment of the festive parade since 1927, passing by at eye level. And, of course, Snoopy, the world-renowned beagle from the Peanuts series, created by Charles M. Schulz around 1950, could hardly miss out on the fun.
Erwitt captured the moment when Snoopy's profile glided past – and it would seem that the girl at the window found the photographer at work even more exciting than the spectacle outside. Consequently, the picture revealed various levels in a single image: indoors and outdoors, quiet and action, proximity and distance. And the whole scene played out in front of the New York City skyline. It is all so typical of Erwitt, who has managed to produce hundreds of timeless classics with the same ease.
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Was born in Paris on July 26, 1928. He spent his childhood in Milan, until his family moved back to Paris in 1938, and emigrated to the USA the following year. That was where he discovered photography. He has been a member of the Magnum Agency since 1953, and has acted as its president on various occasions. Journalistic assignments alternated with commercial ones, while personal projects developed alongside. In the seventies, Erwitt turned increasingly to film. He produced documentaries, as well as a series of television comedies in the eighties. He lives in New York City. In 2023, he was honoured with the Leica Hall of Fame Award. An accompanying exhibition will be on display at the Leica Gallery Wetzlar until mid-January, 2024. More