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The key to being a great photographer is to be able to see what no one else can One must capture those poignant moments in life that speak for themselves and that carry multiple meanings layered on top of one another It is surely a great feat to be able to take pictures and turn them into an art form It takes a unique eye accompanied by an imaginative mind to create a photographic vision that tells a worthy story Elliot Erwitt made a living photographing commercial shots ranging from magazine covers and advertising still lifes to travel ads but it is his personal snaps as he likes to call them that display his worldly wit and passion for the quirks of life Erwitts versatility is displayed not in the grand majestic images that are so often seen in the media but in his subtlety and in his ability to freeze time in that exact moment when nothing appears to be happening yet so much is And it is within these fleeting moments that Erwitt tells his story whether it be social comical whimsical or just plain beautiful His wide array of subjects shows us that this is a man who sees the world through the eyes of his camera and who is not afraid to blink Elliot Erwitt was fittingly born in the city of art Paris France in 1928 He was raised in Milan and Hollywood and began photographing while still in high school His first camera was an old 4 x 5 Speed Graphic but today he uses anything from an 8 X 10 view camera to a Leica In 1953 after his discharge from the US army he joined the Magnum Picture Agency from the personal invitation of Robert Capa and he quickly rose through the ranks to become one of Magnums top photographers Between his careers as a commercial photographer and a photojournalist Erwitt takes personal snaps for his
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