Galerie Esther Woerdehoff : Elliott Erwitt : Discovered Not Misplaced

“At 90, my get the job done appears to be distinctive to me than what I experienced found before… There is a time for photographs that say hi there, and there is a time for listening.” – Elliott Erwitt in 2018

The “Found Not Lost” exhibition devoted to the American photographer Elliott Erwitt offers the meeting of two methods of hunting that the artist knew how to bring to the globe.
To start with, that of the genius reporter from the Magnum photographs Agency, whose audacious photos humorously emphasize the absurdity of the human affliction.
On the other hand, that of a man in the latter stage of his existence who decides, setting up in 2018, to re-take a look at the photos taken at the commence of his career, much from the tumult of commissions.

By leaning all over again on this ocean of get in touch with sheets, Elliott Erwitt was in a position to hear to the voice of the younger photographer that he was. With this reexamination, it is his eyesight of the planet that he concerns.

If most of the artist’s images right now have legendary position, it is since they have this strength linked to the deep human commitment that emanates from them. It is a glance that is fascinated in the way in which the living inhabit the globe, with all the incongruity and seriousness that involves.

An awareness that makes us consider and understand the environment around us, with humor as the spotlight.

Unpublished photographs, prolonged awaited, have as for them, a very singular power which is owing to the melancholy which emerges from them. The languor that prevails in these black and white scenes differs from the stunning pictures of film stars, the acerbic humor of doggy series or even the clichés with Hollywood accents, with which we are accustomed to affiliate the artist.

They on the contrary of these illustrations or photos remained in the margins, seized for the duration of moments of breathing away from the frantic rhythm of the assignment.

Even so, these now rehabilitated photos training the exact same power of attraction on the viewer as the most famed photographs.

Defining his possess images as opinions of the day-to-day absurdity that performs out in advance of our eyes, Elliott Erwitt has established by means of his operate an remarkable cartography of human feelings.

The key to this fascination may perhaps lie in the truth that these photos tend toward this “elusive ideal” of which the artist speaks as a second wherever every thing will come collectively.

The “Found Not Lost” exhibition therefore intends to make a dialogue concerning by now iconic photos, on which several eyes have targeted, and formerly unseen illustrations or photos.

Elisa Bernard


Elliott Erwitt was born in Paris to Russian immigrant moms and dads on July 26, 1928, and grew up in Milan. In 1939, confronted with Nationwide Socialism, his family members returned to Paris

to immigrate to New York a calendar year later, then to Los Angeles in 1941.

At fifteen, while attending Hollywood Higher University, he identified his 1st work in a commercial photo studio the place he developed call sheets for stars and starlets in the movie marketplace.

In 1946, Erwitt returned to the East Coast – New York which has been his house port ever because. Listed here, he achieved Robert Capa, Edward Steichen and Roy Stryker who entrusted him with his very first missions, therefore starting to be vital mentors of the younger photographer .

In 1949, he returned to Europe and spent a calendar year touring as a result of France and Italy. Called up by the US Military in 1951, he obtained a place as a darkroom assistant in a stationed courier unit in Germany and France.

Soon after his discharge from the army in 1953, Elliott Erwitt was invited to join Magnum Photos as a member by its founder Robert Capa.

In 1968, he turned president of the prestigious agency for 3 phrases. Erwitt worked for all the large names in the golden age of photojournalism, which includes Seem, Lifetime, Collier’s and Holiday, to name a several.

Journalistic assignments alternated with industrial work, but he usually made time for his extra particular pictures – his “cliches” as he likes to call them.

In the 1970s, he turned significantly to relocating visuals and made various documentaries (Beauty Appreciates no Pain (1971) Crimson White and Blue Grass (1973)), as perfectly as a sequence of comedies for the American tv channel HBO in the 1980s. His operate is represented in renowned collections about the planet solo exhibitions have been hosted by establishments this kind of as MoMA New York, the Smithsonian, the Artwork Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Kunsthaus Zürich.

Although actively working for journals, industrial and promoting consumers, Erwitt devotes all of his absolutely free time to generating textbooks and exhibits of his perform.


Elliott Erwitt : Observed Not Misplaced
January 13 – March 5, 2022
Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
Rue Marguerite-Dellenbach 3
1205, Geneva, Switzerland


By Indana