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Elliot Erwitt Snaps Paperback – June 1, 2003
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'An essential career-spanning retrospective that reveals Erwitt's unassuming wit, brilliant framing and deep humanity.'
'Rare among photographers, Erwitt can make you laugh out loud (just turn to pages 86-87), but his scope is Tolstoyan. This 550-page retrospective will absorb you for years.'
About the Author
Charles Flowers is an author, opinion columnist, and theater and art critic. He has been publishing in the "New York Times", "The Virginia Quarterly Review", and "City Newspaper".
Elliott Erwitt is one of the most prestigious photographers in the world. A street photographer legend, he is best known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings - a master of Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment."
Flowers is a freelance editor and writer. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University, and he received his M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Oregon.
Top Customer Reviews
The book's format is distinctly vertical, and yet maybe half of its images are horizontal. For the vertical images, this book is great. But for the horizontal images, this book is a disaster: they are shrunk to fit the page width, and because they then take up less than half the book's page height, they are either stacked one on top of the other, to great distraction, or they are presented alone, at the top of the page, with an ocean of blank paper sitting below them.
Another reviewer has noted the poor performance of the book's spine to accommodate those occasional "full-size" horizontal images that split across the gutter. This is the bane of photo books. Publishers, please stop. Publish images flat, one per page, un-crowded, un-distracted. Given that Erwitt seems to not favor horizontal nor vertical, a square page design is called for.
At the top of this review, I noted how nice it was to have so many of Erwitt's images in one book. Yes, but let me also note that there are, in this rare case, too many. There is a lot of redundancy of similar images, with the second- and third-best of various sets displayed with equal weight as the obvious superior image. It pains me to say that, because usually I am complaining about the stingy number of images we're allowed to see.
And the text? Forget about it. Just drivel. Why are photo books so poorly written?
Nevertheless, all said and complaints duly lodged, I truly love Erwitt's view of the world. And it isn't just that his pictures are funny.Read more ›
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Out of my 300+ photo books, this one is one my definitive favorites. Usually I try to steer clear of retrospective books, because they often looks jumbled together. Read morePublished on August 1, 2010 by Bent from Norway