Just in time for the holidays the gallery is pleased to host the first Canadian exhibition of work by the acclaimed
photographer Elliott Erwitt.
November 13, 2010 - January 15, 2011
TORONTO, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents,
Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan and then emigrated to the US, via
France, with his family in 1939. As a teenager living in Hollywood, he
developed an interest in photography and worked in a commercial
darkroom before experimenting with photography at Los Angeles City
College. In 1948, he moved to New York and exchanged janitorial work
for film classes at the New School for Social Research.
Erwitt traveled in France and Italy in 1949 with his trusty Rolleiflex
camera. In 1951, he was drafted for military service and undertook
various photographic duties while serving in a unit of the Army Signal
Corps in Germany and France.
While in New York, Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy
Stryker, the former head of the Farm Security Administration. Stryker
initially hired Erwitt to work for the Standard Oil Company, where he
was building up a photographic library for the company, and who
subsequently commissioned him to undertake a project documenting the
city of Pittsburgh.
In 1953, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos Agency and worked as a freelance
photographer for Collier's, Look, Life, Holiday and other luminaries in that golden period for illustrated magazines.
To this day he is for hire and continues to work for a variety of
journalistic and commercial outfits.
In the late 1960s, Erwitt served as Magnum's president for three years.
He turned his efforts to film and in the 1970s he produced several
noted documentaries and eighteen comedy films for Home Box Office in
the 1980s. Erwitt became known for benevolent irony, and for a
humanistic sensibility traditional in the spirit of Magnum.
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm.
We will be closed from December 24th, 2010 to January 3rd, 2011
/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: Photos accompanying this release are also
available at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited members of the media/
SOURCE Stephen Bulger Gallery
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