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Elliott Erwitt: ‘Photography Is Pretty Simple. You Just React to What You See’

By November 12, 2020November 18th, 2020Member Spotlight, Strictly Business Blog
Arlington, Virginia, on 25 November 1963. Jacqueline Kennedy at John F Kennedy’s funeral.

Image: Elliott Erwitt

Cross-posted from The Guardian. [By Nadja Sayej]

Editor’s Note: Elliot Erwitt is an ASMP Life Member. 

“Many photographers look up to Erwitt, eager for advice. The best piece he ever got is simple: ‘Keep busy,’ he says.

He says remaining an amateur photographer is key to keeping his curiosity alert. It’s also just plain and simple work.

‘The fact that photography is international working, and people have to work,’ says Erwitt. ‘Most people have repetitive jobs; it doesn’t last very long before you get bored.’

But photography is different, he says. ‘It’s elective, you don’t have to spend much time doing stuff you don’t like, in the end,’ says Erwitt. ‘You are able to get up early in the morning and even have real choices.’”

Elliott Erwitt: ‘Photography is pretty simple. You just react to what you see’

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