Celebrated US photographer Elliott Erwitt dead at 95

U.S. photographer Elliott Erwitt, renowned for capturing the lighter side of his subjects, their canine companions and celebrities, has died aged 95, the Magnum agency where he was a mainstay said on Nov. 30.

"He died peacefully at home surrounded by family," the storied agency, founded in 1947, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.

The New York Times reported that he passed away in New York on Nov. 29.

"His images have helped build our general understanding of who we are as a society and as humans and have inspired generations of photographers despite the changes in the industry and trends," said Magnum Photos president Cristina de Middel.

Erwitt was widely recognized for capturing unique moments in his images, including historic events such as the famous 1959 encounter between then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon, then the U.S. vice president.

Alongside such milestone images, Erwitt had a keen eye for the quirky and offbeat, giving dogs and their owners parity.

"It was Erwitt's firm belief that photography should speak to the senses and emotions rather than intellect," Magnum added.

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Born on July 26, 1928, in Paris to Russian parents, Erwitt grew up in Milan before emigrating in 1939 to the U.S. with his family just before World War II broke out.

After 10 years in New York he moved to Los Angeles, where he started to learn photography. He was taken on as a printer in a laboratory specializing in portraits of stars.

Erwitt was conscripted to the army in 1951 as an assistant photographer and continued working for several publications while stationed in New Jersey, Germany and France.

After his military service in 1953 one of his mentors, renowned...

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