09.07.2018

Dogs Are Like Humans With Hair

Over 80 photos of dogs and humans are on display in Treviso, Italy, to celebrate the irony of one of the most celebrated photographers ever, Mr. Elliott Erwitt

  • Dogs Are Like Humans With Hair
  • Dogs Are Like Humans With Hair
  • Dogs Are Like Humans With Hair
  • Dogs Are Like Humans With Hair

According to Elliott Erwitt himself, almost all the choices that turned him into one of the most celebrated photographers of the 20th century were completely random. Shooting (almost) exclusively in black and white throughout his career, the stolen portraits of Andy Warhol, Nixon, Che Guevara or Marilyn Monroe, the images putting objects in relation to animals (who could imagine that a heron and a fountain would pose to show they had the same silhouette?) and other strokes of genius.
 
Even the choice to photograph dogs of all breeds was, according to Erwitt, very casual. Well aware that the success of a photo project largely lies in the image selection, one day Erwitt realized he had a large amount of dog photos and decided to make a book out of them.
 
Today, those images are the core of an exhibition held at the beautiful Casa dei Carraresi in Treviso, Italy: Elliott Erwitt. Dogs are like humans with hair. The title fairly suggests that any quote and photograph from Eliott Erwitt should be filtered through the lens of irony, the muse of this unique photographer who was born in France in 1928 in a family of Russian emigrants, spent his childhood in Italy (his real name was Elio Romano Erwitz) and escaped to New York City because of the Racial Laws in 1938, later working with legendary photographers like Robert Capa and Edward Steichen and becoming part of the prestigious Magnum agency in the 1950s.
 
The exhibition, organized by Suazes in collaboration with Fondazione Cassamarca and Magnum Photos, is curated by Marco Minuz and presents over 80 photographs, videos and documents through which visitors will plunge into Erwitt's work, always unexpected, often seen from a dog’s point of view.
 
When asked what he found so special about dogs, Erwitt once famously answered that “they don’t ask for prints”, and his irony is certainly revealing: by choosing dogs as his subjects, he reveals the flaws and virtues of humans. As much as humans are composed and concentrated, dogs are dynamic and unpredictable: Erwitt worked precisely on this difference, often blowing on a trumpet upon shooting to capture the natural, instinctive reaction of the dogs.
 
Those are the perfect and unrepeatable moments captured in some of Erwitt’s most famous photographs – although the artist himself often reminds his fans that it took thousands of shoots to seize them. From September 22 to February 3, Erwitt's beautiful dog photos will be on display to remind about the revolutionary potential of irony and the powerful empathy expressed by “humans with hair”.
 

Author : The Slowear Journal

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