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Elliott Erwitt Master Print Collection

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The Master Print Collection includes more than 31,500 signed modern exhibition prints, and 2,600 vintage and book production prints of 3,257 images taken by photographer Elliott Erwitt between the 1940s and 2010. Also included are some 14,500 5 x 7-inch proof prints. Found within the collection are examples of Erwitt’s work for magazine and advertising clients, much of it done while a member of the prestigious photographic cooperative Magnum Photos, as well as photographs inspired by his personal interests and travel. While many of the photographs capture famous events and people -- from the historic Khrushchev-Nixon “Kitchen Debates” to American starlet Marilyn Monroe -- Erwitt’s other works reveal everyday people and places, and the photographer’s love of dogs. Given the size and scope of the collection, a viewing set consisting of one copy of each of the 3,257 images was set aside and this database has been created to grant access to the collection.

All photographs in this database bear Erwitt's captions which consist only of a place name, country, and date. To facilitate research of the collection, item-level descriptions for each image have been added, so the database may be searched by keyword or browsed by country and/or decade.

You may use the database to request materials that you wish to view in person in the Reading and Viewing Room. To do so, you will be prompted to log in to your research account. Please note, if you are making a request from a location other than the Reading and Viewing Room, the materials will not be paged until you arrive and notify the circulation attendant of your request.

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