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Personal Exposures Hardcover – October 8, 2012

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393026167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393026160
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 0.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elliott Erwitt has been a member of Magnum, the famed photojournalist's cooperative, for almost forty years. His photographs have been published and exhibited extensively on every continent, at such museums as the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, and the Chicago Art Institute. His books include Personal Exposures, On the Beach, and To the Dots. He lives in New York City.

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Born in 1928 to Russian Jewish parents in Paris, legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan. His family moved back to Paris in 1938, and immigrated to New York the following year. In 1941, they moved again, this time to Los Angeles; and, Erwitt's interest in photography began while he was a teenager living in Hollywood. He attended Hollywood High School and began working in a commercial darkroom in 1944 while still in school. In 1948 Erwitt moved to back to New York, where he met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker. He spent another year traveling in Italy and France as a professional photographer. Drafted into the army in 1951, Erwitt continued to take photographs while stationed in Germany and France.

Robert Capa invited Erwitt to join Magnum Photos in 1953. A member of the prestigious agency ever since, Erwitt has functioned as its president for three terms beginning in 1968. In teh 1970s, Erwitt tried his hand at filmmaking. His documentaries have included: BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN (1971), RED WHITE AND BLUEGRASS (1973), which was made with the assistance of an American Film Institute grant, and the prize winning GLASS MAKERS OF HERAT (1977). Erwitt has also produced seventeen comedy and satire specials for Home Box Office. Erwitt has been creating books, essays, illustrations, and ads regularly featured in publications around the world for more than forty years.

Throughout his illustrious career, Eritt has captured everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Ronald Reagan on camera. And his historically grounded black-and-white prints are now legendary and have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and galleries around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Zurich's Kunsthaus and Cologne's Photokina. At present, Elliott Erwitt is editing his archive and still working for various advertising and magazine clients.

Based in New York City, Elliott Erwitt likes to travel obsessively. He also likes children and dogs.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By bruce horner on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This collection reminds us that photography can be not only a harrowing journalistic document, or some supreme aesthetic achievement, but can also be just plain fun. Erwitt seems like the kind of guy who always carries a camera wherever he goes and snaps uncounted numbers of pictures to get a few witty gems. This is THE Erwitt collection, and the lengthy introduction gives some biographical context to the photos. Of course, knowing something of the personal context of a photographer's work isn't absolutely necessary (the photos speak for themselves if they are any good) but these are styled "PERSONAL Exposures" after all, so it makes sense to know a little about the man. This is a big, generous book, and the photos were obviously selected and ordered with care. An excellent overview of an interesting career.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A photographer VINE VOICE on November 14, 2008
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Elliott Erwitt has made more enjoyable photographs than any other photographer, in my opinion. I have numerous books of his photos and I can't help but smile everytime I take one off the shelf and thumb through it. It really brightens up my day.

If you're not familiar with his work--hard to imagine that--this is a good book to get a selection. Also "Snaps" is highly recommended. I didn't buy "Personal Best" due to the price and now it's even more expensive as an out-of-print book. That one is probably a good choice too if it gets reprinted at a reasonable price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anonymoose on November 17, 2014
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Elliot Erwitt is unique amongst photographers for his keen sense of humor. Spending time with one of his monographs is like taking a refreshing vacation in the warm sun with intriguing moments of delight.
Some of his other books are priced much higher than this one...I don't know why.
Another great book of his is "Between The Sexes" and can be found used on Amazon for less than 10 bucks. Both books are very well printed.
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