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Elliott Erwitt To Receive Outstanding Contribution To Photography

Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt is to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

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Renowned Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt is to be honoured at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

Erwitt, aged 86, will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize in person at the awards’ annual gala dinner in London on Thursday 23 April.

To coincide, an intimate show celebrating a combination of Erwitt’s most familiar and lesser known work from across his 60 year career will be presented at Somerset House, London from 24 April – 10 May 2015 as part of the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. A rare public talk between Erwitt and his long-time book designer Stuart Smith will also take place on 24 April.

Recognised worldwide for his candid and often ironic black and white images capturing everyday life, Elliott Erwitt is a modest master who approaches both his commercial and personal work with the same wry and witty visual brilliance.

Since joining Magnum in 1953, the French born American has captured historic events, personalities, humour and the absurd, with a seeming effortlessness and an inherent eye for good photographs. Describing his craft, Erwitt says: “To me, photography is an art of observation, it’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place. I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

For more information take a look at the Sony WPA website

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