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Between the Sexes

Taken from a selection of pictures from over his career, photographer Elliott Erwitt examines how gender perceptions differ around the globe

Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Boy and girl outside house. Wyoming , USA. 1954. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Woman taking photo of man. Potsdam, Germany. 1992. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Two figures kissing.USA. New York City. 1955. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes American Medical Association. Washington D.C., USA. 1955. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt Two kids by tree. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 1972. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Two figures looking out to see. Ireland. 1964. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Two kids playing. New York City, USA. 1955. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Two figures looking on at newly weds. Honfleur, France.1968. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Young girl in dress. East Hampton, New York State, USA. 1992. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Crowded room of people at tables. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 1957. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Man riding donkey. Tuscany, Italy. 1949. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Man and woman on bench, behind naked figures playing netball. Kent, England.1968. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Woman holding man's arm. Los Angeles, California, USA. 1955. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes On the painting, Gabrielle d'Estrees (mistress of Henri IV) and her sister, the duchess of Villards. Anonymous, Ecole de Fontainebleau. Paris, France 1975. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Man and woman on bench with two dogs. Los Angeles, California, USA. 1992. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Three horses. Wyoming state, USA. 1954. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt A black and white car. Louisiana. New Orleans, USA. 1950. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt | Between the Sexes Couple in deck chairs at shoreline. New Hampshire, USA. 1975. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos

"From an early age, I perceived a striking difference between men and women. As I grow older, that perception deepens"

- Elliot Erwitt

A record of a long fascination with the subject, Between the Sexes, is a wonderful collection of Erwitt’s photographs from around the world. Children recognize the difference between boys and girls at an early age, and we see them here discovering it for the first time. Older people have known the difference for years, and we can witness them savoring it. Couples and their mating rituals, men dressing as women, nudist colonies, love between humans and their pets, and the observation of ‘erotic art’ are some of the ways in which Erwitt has sought to exemplify both the contrast and the complement of the duality of the sexes.