Elliott Erwitt’s photography

“It’s about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It’s simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what’s around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy.” (Elliott Erwitt)Elliott Erwitt’s photographs are examples of how proximate photography can be to poetry.The technique of highlighting a single aspect by blurring the several other aspects or by obliterating the spacial and temporary contexts in order to focus on a single issue -some times called minimalism has been successfully employed in several of his photographs. The human comedy that he talks about in the above quote is used not merely to underscore the underlying absurdity of human endeavours but to bring out the ironic possibilities of all that we do against in our struggle for existence.

The human comedy that Erwitt is talking about can be seen in the following photograph :

i scratch my back and you scratch yours

The photograph is hilarious with the woman and dog doing their itchy-bitchy thing together  and the photographer catching them in the act in a rare coincidence. The irony of man and dog behaving in the same fashion is indeed delicious.

 

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