We all know his photographs, especially those which portray Che Guevara, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Arnold Schwarzenegger and many other celebrities, in a wonderful black & white. But not everyone links these pics to the man who took them, who is Elliot Erwitt - real name Elio Romano Erwitz - ironical and versatile American Magnum’s photographer, author and Tv director, that started his incredible career as assistant photographer in the US Army stationed in France and Germany in the 50’s.
During his career he has explored many different subjects, among advertising works and documentaries, including movie celebrities and politicians, plus one of his favorite themes, the dogs, protagonists in four of his books.
From the 10th of February till the 16th of July, the city of Genoa dedicates to Erwitt the first big retrospective focused on his less known pics, those in color, at Palazzo Ducale.
The exhibition shows color photographies made for advertising, fashion and also for criticism editorials toward society. The exhibition starts with the photos of the 50’s and ends with the latest fashion shoots of 2000s.
The show consists of 135 pics, personally selected by the artist, and are part of Kolor and “The Art of André S. Solidor” archives: the latter is also Erwitt - today 89 years old - alter ego’s name, who amuses himself into the shoes of this easygoing photographer with big mustache and bewigged, by making a refined parody of the art’s world and the narcissistic poses of artists, through his self-portraits that foresaw the mania - and the following parodies - for selfies to post on the social networks in a triumph of oddity end in itself.