Articles Tagged with: Elliot Erwitt
Misha Erwitt | Redondo Beach & CBGBs
Cosmo, Redondo Beach, California, 2004 © Misha Erwitt

Cosmo, Redondo Beach, California, 2004 © Misha Erwitt

Well I’ve done a lot of street photography in New York City so let me say something about that. New York is a constant parade of humanity. It’s a very familiar place, but it’s always changing. If you look around there are a lot of amusing juxtapositions, so yes, humor does play a definite part in my work and it’s an element in many of my Leica Gallery pictures that were shot in New York. By contrast, trying to take street pictures in L.A. is challenging. L.A. isn’t a walking city — I considered shooting drive-by pictures and I’m always taking pictures out of my car window, but then you have nowhere to park it. Let’s just say that L.A. isn’t as conducive to street photography.

– Misha Erwitt

Jimmy Gestapo and Murphy's Law, CBGBs, 1985 © Misha Erwitt

Jimmy Gestapo and Murphy's Law, CBGBs, 1985 © Misha Erwitt


Elliot Erwitt | Odessa, 1957
ODESSA, USSR—1957. © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

ODESSA, USSR—1957. © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

Photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

Elliot Erwitt


Some Well-Worn Leicas

Brassed and beautiful. One of the great things about Leicas is that when they are used well over the years, brassing takes over the body. The black paint slowly disappears to reveal the warmth of the soft metal below. All of the Leicas that I have continually bought and sold over the years have been production M6 bodies and the top plates are made of a zinc alloy.

No brassing for me unless I buy an MP or an M4 or earlier.

Jim Marshall’s Leica M4:

Jim Marshall's Leica M4

Jim Marshall's Leica M4

It’s a very fine line to draw about taking pictures, you know, not invading someone’s privacy.

-Jim Marshall

Elliott Erwitt’s Leica M3:

Elliott Erwitt's Leica M3

Elliott Erwitt's Leica M3

All the technique in the world doesn’t compensate for the inability to notice.

-Elliot Erwitt


Elliot Erwitt | California, 1955

To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

-Elliot Erwitt

CALIFORNIA—1955.  © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

CALIFORNIA—1955. © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos