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Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt caught this high-flying gent soaring to and fro over a rain-soaked concourse in a seemingly choreographed moment. I thought at first I was seeing the famed Parisian leaper across-the-imagesphere in a photoshopped reversal, but viewed side-by-side, these are separate photographs shot within minutes of each other, if the nuanced movement of the embracing couple holding windswept umbrellas is considered.

Elliott Erwitt: Paris, 1989, Eiffel Tower, 100-year anniversary, © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt: Paris, 1989, Eiffel Tower, 100-year anniversary, © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos
Elliott Erwitt: Paris 1989

Elliott Erwitt: Paris 1989

Or these two high-flying gents are engaged in a vaulting competition.

Erwitt joined the Magnum Photo Agency in 1953 and in 60+ years has become “one of the most celebrated photographers of our time.” Yes I’m one of those who didn’t recognize Elliott Erwitt by name so I’m celebrating his vast body of instantly recognizable photography in various and sundry posts.

Las majas vestida y desnuda,  Museo del Prado, Eliot Erwitt 1995

Las majas vestida y desnuda, Museo del Prado, Eliot Erwitt 1995

Purveyor of the “non-photograph”, he combines a deceptively casual approach with an unrivalled, sometimes gloriously silly, visual sense of wit. – The Guardian

It seems choreographed, too, that Erwitt happened to be at the Prado when a troupe of male art museum patrons ogle Francisco Goya’s “La maja desnuda” as a lone women admires the stylishly-clothed “La maja vestida.”

La maja vestida, Francisco Goya 1800-1805

La maja vestida, Francisco Goya 1800-1805

 

 

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