Elliott Erwitt, ‘New York City, 1974. Felix, Gladys and Rover’, 1974, Friends Seminary: Benefit Auction 2018

Beloved for his humorous photographs of dogs, this one is perhaps Elliott Erwitt's most classic. Alternately titled Felix, Gladys, and Rover, the image depicts an expressive Chihuahua dwarfed by his anonymous owner and much larger companion, presumably a Great Dane.

Signature: Signed on recto

Image rights: Courtesy of Christina Burns & Isaac Henderson

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