Thursday, September 26, 2013

KOLOR - The Elliott Erwitt’s First Book of Color Photography

Elliott Erwitt (1928) is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings. He served as a photographer's assistant in the 1950s in the United States Army while stationed in France and Germany. Erwitt was influenced by his meeting the famous photographers, Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker.

Earlier this month, teNeues released “Elliott Erwitt’s Kolor,” a new book featuring Erwitt's color work from the 1950's through the early '90's that proves he wasn’t just loading black-and-white film into his Leicas. The title Kolor is a tribute to George Eastman's Kodak Company, who happen to like words beginning with the letter K. Most of the images in the book were taken with either Kodachrome or Ektachrome. There are images from all over the world, portraits of movie stars and politicians, staged fashion photographs and street shots.
"Unless I am taking pictures for my own pleasure, whether I shoot color or black and white is often determined by the assignment," Erwitt told The New Yorker. "Normally, I prefer shooting in black and white for my personal pictures. But now, having extensively examined my past color pictures, I am less dogmatic. In the end, it is only the quality of the picture that counts."
Marilyn Monroe on the set of "The Seven Year Itch." New York City, 1954

Alfred Hitchcock and Vera Miles. New York City, 1957

Provence, France, 1959

Bretagne, France, 1960

Australia, 1961

Miami Beach, Florida, 1962

Krakow, Poland, 1964

Venice, Italy, 1965

Los Angeles, California, 1966

Newcastle, England, 1969

Australia, 1972

Akira Kurosawa. Tokyo, Japan, 1989

Fashion shoot. U.S.A., 1990

New York City, 1989, Fashion shoot

California, 1956

(All photographs courtesy Elliott Erwitt, Magnum, and teNeues, via The New Yorker)

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