Museum Watching

Elliott Erwitt
  • $ 55.00
Sign in to Add to Wishlist

This item is currently out of stock. Please send an email to store@magnumphotos.com to be notified when it becomes available again.

Description

Describing himself as 'a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation', the ever-popular Elliott Erwitt (b.1928) prizes his personal snaps above all his work. When otherwise idle in New York or with spare time on his hands during his frequent travels, Erwitt indulges himself at museums and art exhibitions, contemplating works of art, watching people and taking pictures.

In Museum Watching, Erwitt presents his visual observations on the museum together for the first time in book form, including photographs from the late 1950s through to 1999. In this affectionate, wry and personal album, illuminated by his own text, Elliott entertains us by means of his conversation with art, making visual puns, tweaking a few noses and occasionally passing more serious comment. As museum-visiting establishes itself as far more popular than attending sports events, and with the big art show becoming serious business, Erwitt's gentle humour provides not only the perfect antidote, but a subtly perceptive insight into the relationship between people and art, and people and their own selves.

Signed by Elliott Erwitt

Condition

The top right corner is slightly bent with slight bending to interior pages. See product photos.

Book Details
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 160
  • Size: 9.5 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • ISBN: 9780714838946

What People Are Saying

  • A minor masterpiece.

    Art Quarterly

  • Reveals us at our most endearingly human in the hollowed halls of great art.

    Boston Globe

Description

Describing himself as 'a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation', the ever-popular Elliott Erwitt (b.1928) prizes his personal snaps above all his work. When otherwise idle in New York or with spare time on his hands during his frequent travels, Erwitt indulges himself at museums and art exhibitions, contemplating works of art, watching people and taking pictures.

In Museum Watching, Erwitt presents his visual observations on the museum together for the first time in book form, including photographs from the late 1950s through to 1999. In this affectionate, wry and personal album, illuminated by his own text, Elliott entertains us by means of his conversation with art, making visual puns, tweaking a few noses and occasionally passing more serious comment. As museum-visiting establishes itself as far more popular than attending sports events, and with the big art show becoming serious business, Erwitt's gentle humour provides not only the perfect antidote, but a subtly perceptive insight into the relationship between people and art, and people and their own selves.

Signed by Elliott Erwitt

Condition

The top right corner is slightly bent with slight bending to interior pages. See product photos.

Book Details
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 160
  • Size: 9.5 x 8.25 inches
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • ISBN: 9780714838946

What People Are Saying

  • A minor masterpiece.

    Art Quarterly

  • Reveals us at our most endearingly human in the hollowed halls of great art.

    Boston Globe