Elliott Erwitt: Pittsburgh 1950

Elliott Erwitt: Pittsburgh 1950


In 1950 Elliott Erwitt, then just twenty-two years old, set out to capture Pittsburgh’s transformation from an industrial city into a modern metropolis. Commissioned by Roy Stryker, the mastermind behind the large-scale documentary photography projects launched by the US government during the Great Depression, Erwitt shot hundreds of frames. His images recorded the city’s communities against the backdrop of urban change, highlighting his quiet observations with the playful wit that has defined his style for over five decades. After only four months, Erwitt was drafted into the army and sent to Germany, leaving his negatives behind in Stryker’s Pittsburgh Photographic Library. The negatives remained at the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for decades. This exhibition, organized by Assistant Curator Claartje van Dijk in association with the photographer, will present these images in the United States for the first time.

The book Pittsburgh: 1950 is available for purchase in the ICP Museum shop for the duration of the show.

Elliott Erwitt
Pittsburgh 1950
May 23 – September 2, 2018

ICP Museum
250 Bowery, New York, NY, United States
www.icp.org

Elliott Erwitt, The View Looking toward Downtown Pittsburgh from Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA, 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, The View Looking toward Downtown Pittsburgh from Oakland, Pittsburgh, PA, 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Downtown Hat Shop Window, Pittsburgh, PA, September 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/ Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Downtown Hat Shop Window, Pittsburgh, PA, September 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/ Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Children on Beelen Street, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/ Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Children on Beelen Street, Pittsburgh, PA, October 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/ Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Fifth Avenue Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Fifth Avenue Downtown, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Crowd at Armistice Day Parade, Pittsburgh, PA, November 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/ Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Elliott Erwitt, Crowd at Armistice Day Parade, Pittsburgh, PA, November 1950. © Elliott Erwitt/ Magnum Photos, Courtesy of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.


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