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Elliott Erwitt's personal best

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 02:05

July 11 - American photographer Elliott Erwitt looks back on his life's work, which he dedicated to documenting people and places through black-and-white images. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.

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A mourning Jackie Kennedy at President JFK's funeral. A candid of lost star Marilyn Monroe. A portrait of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara. In case you didn't know, American photographer Elliott Erwitt is the man behind the lens. (SOUNDBITE) Elliott Erwitt, American photographer, saying (English): "Photography has a way of freezing a moment in time, which can review with good feeling or bad feeling, but certainly with some feeling." For the past six decades Erwitt has traveled the world capturing iconic images with his camera. And he's chosen over 100 of his favorite ones for his New York exhibit called "Personal Best". (SOUNDBITE) Elliott Erwitt, American photographer, saying (English) "It's a kind of justification of one's checkered life to see the pictures that one has taken throughout one's career." Erwitt admits that many of his photos were captured at the right place and at the right time - including one of his best known images of former U.S. President Richard Nixon. (SOUNDBITE) Elliott Erwitt, American photographer, saying (English) "The resulting snap of Nixon with his finger on Khrushchev's lapel was the picture that resulted, that was used by the Republican party as a way of showing what a tough guy Nixon was, and to my displeasure I must say because I'm certainly not a Nixon man. The picture was used in his campaign for the presidency the following year. He didn't win, and I would not have been very happy if my picture had something to do with his victory." "Personal Best" will be on display at the International Center of Photography in New York until August 28th. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.

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Elliott Erwitt's personal best

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 02:05