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Selfportrait of Elliott Erwitt & Sammy (1999) – © Elliott Erwitt/MAGNUM PHOTOS

The great photographer and documentary maker Elliott Erwitt, the most canine in the Magnum agency, at his 86 years old he receives the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the Sony World Photography Awards 2015

Ellitott Erwitt took photographs of a lot of personalities during his 60 years long career, but ironically is always remembered for his dog pictures. It’s the same kind of irony that his pictures show, daily life pictures, almost always in black and white. “I take pictures of anything that interests me as I walk around with my camera. Dogs are everywhere, and dogs are interesting, so you take pictures of them. I never consciously took pictures of dogs, but some years ago I disovered that in my contact sheets i had many, many pictures of dogs. And so the idea came to me that perhaps if the pictures were good enough they should be put together in a volume about dogs. So far I have about five of them. That’s how it started. Now since I discovered that I had so many pictures of dogs, then I started maybe looking for them a little bit more than II would otherwise, but that was not the intention originally”. That’s how the photographer explains his focus on dogs. A passion that goes further than pictures: “My wonderful dog Sammy, a Cairn Terrier, went to dog heaven a few months ago after 16+ years of companionship. No replacement is being contemplated in this period of mourning”. That happened in 2011. Four years later, when he was 86 years old, Elliott Erwitt receives in London the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize. A ceremony that will take place on April 23 during the Sony World Photography Awards and and will be extended with an exhibition of his less known and more familiar work on Somerset House from April 24 to May 10. We are sure will see Sammy’s pictures. [iwwd]

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Italy, Rome (1978) – © Elliott Erwitt/MAGNUM PHOTOS

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elliott erwitt dogs perros book cover libro portada

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