Elliott Erwitt Photography Presentation Lucas Eng Meng Loong 13378/ ANN3A
Elliott Erwitt is an advertising and documentary photographer known forhis black and white candid shots.
Most of the photos Elliott Erwitthas taken are candid shots ofironic and absurd situationswithin everyday settings. One of the most prominent subjects Erwitt has photographed across his career are dogs, they have been the subject of four of his books.
In 2002, he was awarded the "Royal Photographic Societys CentenaryMedal and Honorary Fellowship" in recognition of a sustained,significant contribution to the art of photography.
Because Erwitts work are focused around candid shots, it hasinfluenced many modern humanitarian photographers today.
Over the course of his life, he has published 23 books. Many of whichdiscuss his photography techniques. He has also photographed manypotraits of famous figures in history.
I had found out about Elliot Erwitt when I happen to come across one of his pictures in a forum I browsed a while back. It was a picture of a dog sitting on a mans lap, but my initial reaction was that it was just a photoshop, until I took a closer look at the picture.I admire this mans work because to fully understand his work, you mustlook at the photo more than once.It tells me that photos don’t just have to be beautiful and aesthetic, butthey must also have a meaning behind them.
One of his earlier works, it shows a boy looking at the camera frombehind a cracked window. Using only natural lighting, he is able tobring out the boy from the dark inside of the car. The point of impact ofthe cracked glass just happens to be in front of the boy’s left eye givingthe illusion that his eye had broken.
You can see how all the men are looking at the painting of the nudefigure, while the lone woman on the left is looking at essentially thesame painting, except the female in her painting is clothed. Also howthe man in the coat in at the very foreground is wearing running shoesand the rest are formal.
A very interesting picture as this is one of Elliot’s “decisive moments”pictures. As a woman walks down a street she turns around to lookbehind her. Coincidentally, a mannequin behind a glass window facesher general direction. This provokes a very eerie and uncomfortablefeeling of being watched.
A man walks down a street and a giant sign behind him points in thedirection he is walking. Yet again, very clever use of his environments toincorporate very ironic situations. Note that the man in the picture has hisleft hand contrast the right hand behind him.
A line of soldiers supposedly hold back protestors at a rally. A womanholding a flower confronts them with a flower. In terms of compositionthere is a huge contrast between the two forces present. One of warand the other of peace.