'Personal Shots', the book by Elliot Erwitt, one of the finest masters of the art of photography, is at last available in Italian.
The photographic world of Elliott Erwitt is never simple: a world where it’s possible to capture simultaneously the humorous side of any situation as well as the imperceptibly tragic side. His ‘instant’ shots of celebrities reveal fundamental human emotions. Above all, Erwitt seems to be able to capture life’s most poignant ironies with his apparently casual technique: a talent that has earned him the respect of fellow photographs and critics and the utter devotion of his admirers.
Naturally gifted with the ability to laugh at himself, Erwitt is convinced that the only real judge of the ‘meaning’ of a photograph is the spectator. According to his philosophy, photographs ‘happen’ but only if one has the ability to see. This is precisely the essence of his personal shots: seeing what only a few others can see and capturing the moment for all of us. His reports, ‘personal’ images and advertising shots have featured in numerous magazines, newspapers and publications world-wide for more than 30 years.