Profiles, Sight and Sound

Elliott Erwitt Hopes He Hasn’t Taken His Favorite Picture Yet

0 Comments 06 Dec, 2011

Elliott Erwitt is one of my very favorite photographers. No matter how many times I look through his photos, I laugh and sigh and drool and learn something new every time.  In May, Lens published a wonderful interview with the 82 year-old photographer (conducted by his son) as the International Center for Photography prepared his show “Personal Best”, which we were lucky enough to see this summer.  After a long commute into the city from a friend’s apartment way out at the end of Brooklyn, we basically ran sixteen blocks in the rain to arrive at the show twenty minutes before it closed.   The show was fantastic and sprawling.   There were negatives; I think I might have shed a tear or two.   If you’re stuck in a photographic ditch right now and need some inspiration or just want to hear something that might (or might not) make you feel better about trying to be a photographer these days,  read this interview.  Then get out there and get cracking on your personal work.  Because who knows how good your next photo might be?

Elliott Erwitt by as yet unidentified photographer



carolyn - who has written 229 posts on Monkeywhale Productions
Carolyn de Berry is a partner, producer and photographer for Monkeywhale Productions. Hailing from Portland, CT Carolyn now lives in Greensboro, NC where she spends much time plotting world domination with her fellow Monkeywhalers, loading and unloading gear, making coffee, copying release forms, shooting b-roll video, and documenting the craziness of the Monkeywhale’s journey with production stills and behind the scenes coverage. A graduate of Guilford College and the Commercial Photography program at RCC, Carolyn is a freelance photographer specializing in landscape, documentary and event photography. More of her work can be seen at
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