Where does American photographer Elliott Erwitt live?


Where does American photographer Elliott Erwitt live?

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Guest of honor for the reopening of the Hune in October 2015, the American photographer Elliott Erwitt made the trip, especially from New York. A first monographic exhibition is dedicated until January 12, 2016. Interview wink with a character still facetious, despite his 87 years.

Direction New York on the 8th floor of a 1900 building, facing Central Park. It is here that the famous photographer Elliott Erwitt is installed since nearly 50 years. He was lucky to confide with his legendary humor, to acquire this large apartment and a studio on the ground floor, which in addition to being very practical can limit taxes! An irony of fate, he took over from another of his kind, the cartoonist Rube Goldberg, renowned for his political cartoons.

Born in 1928 in France to Russian émigré parents, Elliott Erwitt crossed the 20th century making his name one of the major international references in the field of photojournalism. Spotted by Robert Capa, one of the founders of the agency Magnum, he will become the president for three years, from 1968. Since then, he has chained reports, exhibitions, publications, films ... From Marilyn Monroe to Khrushchev, which star or politician did not go behind his goal? The exhibition of La Hune allows in 30 shots to discover some unpublished images and review the most emblematic - whether sinks separating populations according to their skin color in the United States, meeting heads of State Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon in the cold war, or the portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy at the funeral of her husband.

USA. Reno, Nevada. From left: Frank TAYLOR, Montgomery CLIFT, Eli WALLACH, Arthur MILLER, Marilyn MONROE, John HUSTON and Clark GABLE on the set of 'The Misfits'.

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What to remember from this artist? "Elliott Erwitt loves children and dogs"This incongruous little sentence that concludes the biography of his official website says in the end everything, just like this interview on his" home sweet home ".

Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?

Erwitt Elliott: The huge living room where I like to listen to music.

Your furniture: rather modern, ultra design, family, pitcher?

Erwitt Elliott: It's a very eclectic mix, a real mess!

Do you find your photographs on the walls?

Erwitt Elliott: There are certainly many photographs but never mine, only those of my pen name, André Solidor!

The Art of André's Solidor


The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?

Erwitt Elliott: In my driveway, when you exit the elevator, visitors come face to face with a huge stuffed caribou head - nicknamed Mickey Mouse! - and two Japanese soldiers. They are part of my collection of unusual objects, as well as the drawing of a giant fish.

Entrance Hall at Elliott Erwitt


An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?

Erwitt Elliott: A painting by Modigliani.

Your favorite color in your home?

Erwitt Elliott: The White.

Your last purchase - useful or futile! - for the House ?

Erwitt Elliott: A sandwich !

The kitchen, rather open or closed?

Erwitt Elliott: I installed a small TV. Given the flow of information, I spend a lot of time there.

A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?

Erwitt Elliott: Frozen dishes of all kinds ... So I'm always ready to receive.

Do you live with music or rather in silence?

Erwitt Elliott: In music with a passion for baroque music.

Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?

Erwitt Elliott: I hate candles: it reminds me of church and funerals.

Curtains, doors, shutters? What does it inspire you?

Erwitt Elliott: Especially no curtains, I like to enjoy the light and the view of Central Park.

What is on your bedside table?

Erwitt Elliott: Medications and an alarm clock.

And the books?

Erwitt Elliott: They are in the library and brothel!

What are you reading right now?

Erwitt Elliott: Certainly not the Bible!

A house that impressed you during your reports ?

Erwitt Elliott: Perhaps that of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright that I photographed, except that I found it very noisy.

Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?

Erwitt Elliott: I already have ten. It is enough for me.

Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?

Erwitt Elliott: I like plastic flowers. I have a lamp in the shape of a bouquet of flowers: pretty and practical.

A moment that you particularly like living at home?

Erwitt Elliott: Once a year, I see the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade under my windows, with its hundreds of colorful balloons. I love this moment.

You who have photographed dogs so much, do you have one that shares your daily life?

Erwitt Elliott: Yes I have a dog found in Cuba. I adopted it but I do not know if it is socialist or communist! At this moment I teach him English. He took over from my former 15-year-old companion.

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- To know more about his career and his work:

- To see: the monographic exhibition which is dedicated to him

La Hune - 16, rue de l'Abbaye - 75006 Paris until January 12, 2016

USA. Arlington, Virginia. November 25, 1963. Jacqueline KENNEDY at John F. KENNEDY's funeral.

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USA. North Carolina. 1950.

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