Elliott Erwitt, ‘New York City, 1974 (dog legs)’, 1974, Holden Luntz Gallery

Signed in ink on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Signature: Signed on recto and verso.

"The occasion was an advertisement for boots, and the Great Dane and the Chihuahua were on hire from an agency. Erwitt, the most famous dog photographer in the history of the medium, remarked on the advantages of dog models saying that they were cheaper than hired humans, often more attractive, more distinctive than humans and indifferent to fashion trends. Dogs, too, are ideal for shoe adverts because they take the eye down to where it matters. In other more philosophical work in which dogs and humans appear together, Erwitt points both to the animality of humans and to the humanity evident in animals. Like them we eat, scratch, and guard our privacy. The purpose of almost all of his pictures, with or without dogs, is to elicit commentary and captioning: in this case bearing on the large and the small. A multi-faceted photographer from his teens, Erwitt’s books include Observations on American Architecture (1972)."

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About Elliott Erwitt

“You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy,” Elliott Erwitt once said. Renowned for his humanistic photographs, Erwitt was born in Paris in 1928, spent his childhood in Milan, and then moved to the United States. His early interest in photography began while he was in Hollywood and matured in the 1950s while photographing various subjects for the Army Signal Corps in Germany and France. Friends with Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker, he shot everything from powerful images of Pittsburgh and the U.S.S.R. to iconic portraits of John F. Kennedy, Simone de Beauvoir, and Che Guevara. Erwitt served as Magnum's president for three years, after which he produced documentary films and comedy films for HBO.

French, b. 1928, Paris, France, based in New York, New York