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In Sight

This legendary photographer's iconic images celebrate humor in everyday life

By Chloe Coleman

July 21, 2016 at 8:19 AM

New York, New York, 1953 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)

"It's about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby," says Elliott Erwitt, the acclaimed eternal amateur and member of Magnum Photos since 1953.

Erwitt is known for his ability to capture moments of humor and irony in everyday life. His work ranges from portraits of cultural figures to witty photographs of dogs.

An exhibition that examines that span will be on display at The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas Austin. "Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World" will feature more than 200 photographs, including classic Erwitt images and lesser known surprises.

Erwitt commented to The Harry Randsom Center about the exhibition: "I hope that my checkered career will encourage some photographers to work in the same spirit that deals with the human condition—while not taking themselves too seriously."

"It's been a long journey but worth all the laughs and tears. And it is all here in 'Home Around the World' for anyone to examine."

Douglas, Wyoming, 1954 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)
New York, New York, 1953 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)
Shreveport, Louisiana, 1962 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)
Chicago, Illinois, 1947 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)
New York, New York, 1974 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)
Exeter, New Hampshire, 1956 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)
New York, New York, 1950 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)
Los Angeles, California, 1954 (Ellliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos)

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Chloe Coleman is a photo editor at The Washington Post.

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