Pittsburgh 1950

by Elliott erwitt




Pittsburgh 1950 by Elliott Erwitt. First edition (2017). First impression. Large format hardback in new condition. Flat signed by Elliott Erwitt to the title page. This is a brand new book, but there is a corner bump to the bottom rear. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.

About Pittsburgh 1950

So, in 1950, the legendary Roy Stryker commissioned 22-year-old Elliott Erwitt to document Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As it emerged from a notoriously polluted industrial city into a cleaner, more modern metropolis. While, shooting for Stryker’s newly organised Pittsburgh Photographic Library, Erwitt’s photographs captured the humanity and spirit of the people of the city against the angular industrial architecture. However, drafted into the US army and sent to Germany just four months after arriving in Pittsburgh, Erwitt was forced to abandon the project. He left his negatives behind. For decades, the negatives were held at the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and as a result, a majority of the photographs in this book have neither been published nor exhibited before.

Statement by Elliott Erwitt

"It's about reacting to what you see, hopefully without preconception. You can find pictures anywhere. It's simply a matter of noticing things and organizing them. You just have to care about what's around you and have a concern with humanity and the human comedy."

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