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Elliott Erwitt was born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, spent his childhood in Milan, then emigrated to the US, via France, with his family in 1939. He traveled in France and Italy in 1949 with his trusty Rolleiflex camera and from 1951, was drafted for military service and undertook various photographic duties while serving in a unit of the Army Signal Corps in Germany and France. In this image, Erwitt captures a quintessentially French moment; a young beret-sporting boy with two baguettes balanced on a bicycle.

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Elliott Erwitt
© Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos

Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan, then emigrated to the US, via France, with his family in 1939. As a teenager living in Hollywood, he developed an interest in photography and worked in a commercial darkroom before experimenting with at Los Angeles City College.

In 1948, he moved to New York and exchanged janitorial work for film classes at the New School for Social Research. Five years later, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos and worked as a freelance photographer for Collier’s, Look, LIFE, Holiday and other luminaries in that golden period for illustrated magazines.

He has made significant bodies of work in America, Cuba, the UK, France, Italy and beyond. In the 1970s, he produced several notable documentaries and in the 1980s eighteen comedy films for HBO.

Erwitt has become known for benevolent irony, and for a humanistic sensibility traditional to the spirit of Magnum.

© Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos

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