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To select the never-before published color photographs for this vast project, Elliott Erwitt sifted through his ample archive of nearly half a million 35mm slides. Then he began the mammoth task of whittling it down to this epic collection of roughly 450 pages. For most of these images, the color managed to stay miraculously preserved and every evocative detail is as crisp as the date of its creation. Whether world leaders or sassy showgirls, the subjects reflect Erwitt's own wry and eclectic sensibility. To say the juxtapositions are intriguing would be an understatement. From marketplaces to military camps, Vegas to Venice, there's a rich mixture of public pageantry and carefully observed private interactions.
"With more than 400 photographs, the book spans Erwitt's color work from the nineteen-fifties through the early nineties..."Kolor" is a thoughtful exploration of more than thirty years of photography. There are images from all over the world, shots of movie stars and politicians, staged fashion photographs and sidewalk action shots. - Jesse Wender, The New Yorker Online, September 25, 2013
"Over the past 60 years, Elliott Erwitt has photographed everything from street signs to sexpots and everyone from political leaders like Che Guevara to celebrites like Truman Capote and Marilyn Monroe (breezy white skirts and all). But until now his color work has largely been overshadowed by his candid black-and-white photography (a hobby he maintained when he wasn't busy shooting ad campaigns for real-life Mad Man David Ogilvy). For his newest tome, Erwitt pored over nearly half a million 35-millimeter slides of his professional color work to assemble KOLOR, ...while Erwitt's black-and-white images- from celebrity portraits to documentary shots of the civil-rights movement-are still a major part of the 20th-centruy photography canon, KOLOR proves that his bright and bold imagery deserves a place in our collectibe memory too. - Blair Pfander, Details.com, September 3rd.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
- Publisher: teNeues
- Hardcover: 448
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9783832795771