This photograph is taken from the 2024 exhibition But Seriously.

The exhibition features images from an illustrious career that spanned more than 70 years and that influenced photographers across generations all around the world. On November 29, 2023, Erwitt passed away at the age of 95 surrounded by family in his Manhattan home.

But Seriously brings together black-and-white photographs that exemplify the combination of wit, absurdity, and elegance wholly characteristic of his work and perspective. There are perfect pairs and unlikely ones, dogs of all sorts and people much the same, observers and unsuspecting subjects abound — all perfectly framed with unmatched playfulness and simplicity that embrace and champion what it is to be human.

Over several decades, Erwitt captured everything from the mundane to the monumental with incredible care, humor, and dedication — piquing the fascination of millions. From the start, he succeeded in both his commercial and personal projects, garnering praise and admiration from his peers who found striking the same balance far more difficult.

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