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Sophia Loren got into acting after winning a beauty pageant at the age of 16 in Italy. She is celebrated for her magnetic on-screen presence and her performance as Cesira in Vittorio De Sica’s Two Women earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1962, making her the first actress to win an Oscar for a foreign-language performance. Here she is photographed by Elliott Erwitt during filming in Paris, for the 1962 film, Five Miles to Midnight, directed by Anatol Litvak.

I like to take pictures that are worthy of the time spent and the subjects

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.

A mere 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 U.K., 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. To this day, he is for hire and continues to work for a variety of journalistic and commercial outfits.

© Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos

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