© Elliott Erwitt, 1954, Sleeping woman with yawning cat, New York

Happy World Cat Day!

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”Robert A. Heinlein

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© Elliott Erwitt, 1953, New York, USA

“There are words in the soul of a newborn baby, wanting and waiting to be written.”Toba Beta

This reminds me of somebody! Have a good (special) “May Day” M, P & S!

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“Everybody Street” illuminates the lives and work of New York’s iconic street photographers and the incomparable city that has inspired them for decades. The documentary pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.

Covering nine decades of street photography, Everybody Street explores the careers and influences of many notable photographers––a number of whom have never been documented, featuring: Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Joel Meyerowitz, Rebecca Lepkoff, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper, and Boogie, with historians Max Kozloff and Luc Sante.

Find some of the photos featured in the documentary here and here.

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The Packet

Three photographs. No real connection. Welcome to senseless/nameless sets. (+)

“If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.” ― Charles M. Schulz

#1: Sergio Larrain, 1959, London
#2: Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1953, In front of the Hofburg Palace, Vienna
#3: Elliott Erwitt, 1949, New York City

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© Elliott Erwitt, 1968, Two Balls

He: "Was it really necessary to sell all our clothes just to buy this computer. Why can’t you check Burnéd Shoés’ new website at work tomorrow?”

She: "What a stupid question! You better call yourself lucky that I left you your balls."

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PHOTOS: © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos, 1950s, A Kiss Is (More Than) Just a Kiss

Or to put it in “What The Duck" terms:


at the Leica Galleries in Salzburg, Tokyo, New York, Prague, Warsaw, Paris & Solms

Elliott Erwitt is one of the most prestigious photographers in the world. This unique collection contains 50 iconic images that have stirred many people. Photographs of Marilyn Monroe or Che Guevara, as well as pictures that show charming humor can be seen in all Leica Galleries worldwide.

The exhibition was firstly presented at photokina 2012 and soon after in Frankfurt. In the following two years the exhibition can be visited in the Leica Galleries in Salzburg, Tokyo, New York, Prague, Warsaw, Paris and Solms.

Read an interview with Elliott Erwitt here.

Exhibition dates:
Feb. 15 - Mar. 15, 2013 / Warsaw, Poland
Apr. 11 - July 14, 2013 / Tokyo, Japan
Aug. 8 - Oct. 3, 2013 / Salzburg, Austria

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© Elliott Erwitt, 1976, Self-Portrait, California, USA

EXHIBITION ‘Elliott Erwitt. Retrospective’

The photographer Elliott Erwitt delights in focussing his gift of observation on animals as well as humans – and, especially, on all-too-human situations. In his often humorous photos, he combines irony with insight, lightness with profundity. This comprehensive retrospective presents a highly active and versatile photographer who has also been called the “Woody Allen of photography”.

Elliott Erwitt, the son of Russian immigrants, was born in Paris and grew up in Milan. In 1939 he managed to flee the Nazis via France on the last ship to the USA, and since 1941 he has lived in New York. Throughout decades of work as a highly successful advertising photographer and photojournalist and as the director of documentations and films for television, Erwitt has always also remained an “amateur” – in the sense of its Latin root, meaning “lover” – of photography.

  © Elliott Erwitt, 1959, Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon, Moscow, USSR

Erwitt, who later became president of the Magnum Photos agency, achieved fame not only for his documentation of the debate between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev in 1959, which brought him his reputation as the “invisible insider”, but also for his benevolently ironic and affectionate portraits of children, dogs and dog owners, nudists and, not least, museum visitors. (read more)

The ExhibitionElliott Erwitt. Retrospective is on view at the Kunsthaus Wien (Vienna, Austria) until September 30, 2012.

"Dogs in particular are easy targets. They don’t mind being photographed, they are sympathetic, they are reliable in most parts of the world, and they don’t ask for prints." Elliott Erwitt talking about the exhibition and more at Kunsthaus Wien:

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© Elliott Erwitt, 1977, Portrait of Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s father: a voluntarily member of the Nazi Party. His mother’s name was Jadrny, a common name in former Czechoslovakia before WWII. War widow. Not an so-called ‘Aryan’ I guess. They married after the war. Roman Catholics who didn’t spare the rod. (+) Many questions, only a few answers - like in so many Austrian or German families, also in my own family.

Only one thing’s for sure: it’s Arnold’s 65th birthday today.

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