Thursday, December 12, 2019: Elliot Erwitt and Me
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Elliott Erwitt is one of my favorite photographers so I was all too happy to catch the excellent show of his work that is currently on display at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts here in Springfield. The images above were inspired by another wonderful photographer, Peter of .Documenting.the.Obvious fame, and taken moments before a guard told me that photography was a no-no.
On my way out, I caught the placard below explaining Erwitt’s approach to museum photography. I left feeling that the master would have looked kindly on my transgression :)
The photos are great, and the story, well, too bad they stopped you. Thanks for photographing & posting Erwitt’s statement. Museums can be such good places to be inspired, and it’s rarely only about what’s on the walls.
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I think Erwitt said it all: “. . . It’s like shooting fish in a barrel.”
That said, I wouldn’t be surprised if this image, https://tinyurl.com/wo6r39h — one I hadn’t seen before and one of my favorites — was completely staged. That was the case with his classic “Boy, Bicycle, Baguette,” https://tinyurl.com/t2j6vs3 — as was revealed in the exhibit. Candid or not, they’re still wonderful photos.
I guess there’s staging and there’s staging – intent can make a big difference.