University of Texas at Austin

Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection

Database and Digital Images

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 4,029 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 are being added, so the database may be searched by keyword or browsed by country and/or decade. Please note: this database represents material that has not yet been fully cataloged. It may contain incorrect or incomplete information. Please see the finding aid for the collection for additional collection information.

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