Elliott Erwitt Between the Sexes

ISBN 13: 9780393036763

Between the Sexes

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9780393036763: Between the Sexes

From an early age on I perceived a striking difference between men and women. As I grow older, that perception deepens. So writes Elliott Erwitt, tongue slightly in cheek, about his wonderful new collection of photographs from around the world.

Children perceive the difference between the sexes at an early age and we see them here discovering it for the first time. Older people have known the difference for years and we see them savoring it. In between, Between the Sexes is a sometimes poignant, sometimes outrageous record of males and females trying (and sometimes not trying) to get along, with wildly varying results. 117 duotones

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About the Author:

Elliott Erwitt has been a member of Magnum, the famed photojournalist's cooperative, for almost forty years. His photographs have been published and exhibited extensively on every continent, at such museums as the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kunsthaus in Zurich, and the Chicago Art Institute. His books include Personal Exposures, On the Beach, and To the Dots. He lives in New York City.

From Kirkus Reviews:

A veteran photojournalist raids a lifetime's trove of powerful images to illustrate the ticklish subject of how men and women relate to each other--or don't. Erwitt (To the Dogs, not reviewed) explains in an amiably rambling introduction that the impetus for this book came from a chance assignment to do ``photos of couples'' for a Japanese magazine. Looking back over his oeuvre, he found the theme a constant and powerful one. All the pictures, sumptuously reproduced here in black and white, are technically accomplished. Most are pointed, emotionally loaded, and charged with a dry sense of narrative wit. Graphically striking, the book uses left- and right- page image counterposings to ironic effect. Logically, Erwitt opens with shots of children, then moves on to adult lovers, and closes with elderly pairs. A grainy and light-infused 1972 shot from Rio de Janeiro shows a young boy and girl meeting conspiratorially under a tree: He sits atop a tricycle brandishing a toy pistol as she eyes him with gravity--a miniature Bonnie and Clyde. A 1952 photo from Valencia, Spain, shows a young couple seen through a kitchen doorway in a dance-step embrace, their faces obscured, she with her apron on. In Krak¢w, Poland, in 1972, Erwitt captured a middle-aged woman in a garish striped frock offering her hand to be kissed by a drab-looking businessman. Towards the end, aged couples argue in Saint-Tropez, fill a car with gas in Iowa, dance on a Manhattan rooftop. Erwitt presents himself as a voyeur with a purpose, a lensman dedicated to capturing glimpses of our shared, international human condition. From stagy set-up to candid ditty, this selection shows off Erwitt's skills as a master of the modern photographic idiom, one with a clear idea of what he wants his work to say. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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