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|
|Miami Beach, Florida, 1962|
|Krakow, Poland, 1964|
|Venice, Italy, 1965|
|Los Angeles, California, 1966|
|Newcastle, England, 1969|
|Akira Kurosawa. Tokyo, Japan, 1989|
|Fashion shoot. U.S.A., 1990|
|New York City, 1989, Fashion shoot|
(All photographs courtesy Elliott Erwitt, Magnum, and teNeues, via The New Yorker)