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Master of Black and White
March 1, 2013   
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Photographs by Elliott Erwitt, one of the greatest contemporary photographers, are often described as miniature essays. Several of those, including a man with a bulldog head and “breathing” deck-chairs, are on display at the Mysia 3 Concept Store in Warsaw.

The Personal Best for Leica exhibition celebrates Erwitt’s 60-year-long relationship with his Leica M. camera, which the artist has used throughout his career. Featuring 50 photographs selected by Erwitt himself, the exhibition takes viewers on a journey across six decades. Most of the displayed items have been printed in countless publications and coffee-table books. They include his legendary dog portraits and a famous shot of Marilyn Monroe wearing a white dress in The Seven Year Itch movie.

The Erwitt exhibition first opened last autumn during the Photographic Trade Fair in Cologne, Germany. It was later taken to Frankfurt and now it is being shown in a historic building which used to house the Censorship Office at 3 Mysia St. in Warsaw. The building has been since converted to a department store, a bar and an exhibition room. The exhibition is on display on the third floor.

Erwitt has a unique way of looking at the world, life, people and... dogs. Intelligent, attentive and sensitive, he comes across as a photographer with a considerable sense of humor and a pinch of irony. Erwitt started taking pictures as a young boy. Faithful to black-and-white photography all his life, Erwitt has over the years divided his countless photographs into series that he kept expanding. The result is 20 books of photographs published to date.

Erwitt is famous for his insightful portraits of 20th-century artists and politicians. Another of Erwitt’s favorite subjects are cities and his photographs of New York, Paris and Rome have been published in separate books.

Until March 11; Mysia 3 Concept Store; 3 Mysia St., third floor
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