Found, not Lost

@ Erwitt, Elliott



Presentation by GOST Books:

" « In my nineties, my work looks different than I've ever seen it before… There's a time for photographs that say hello, and there's a time to listen. »

          --  Elliott Erwitt

Over 170 previously unseen images by photographer Elliott Erwitt will be published for the first time in Found, Not Lost. Spanning more than sixty years, the photographs in the book, often taken during lulls or breaks between assignments in his prolific career, have been selected, edited and sequenced by Erwitt himself.

Now in his 90s, Erwitt began the process of revisiting his archives in 2018 after his first retrospective, Home Around The World, when faced with the burden and responsibility of being custodian of his own archives and all they contain. Here began the exhaustive process of reviewing every photograph in his studio. Over the course of nearly two years, with the help of editor Stuart Smith and long-time studio manager Mio Nakamura, he viewed around 600,000 images—contact sheets and negatives—from those developed in his bathroom sink at home at the age of seventeen to those from recent assignments in Scotland and Cuba. The sea of imagery dominated every flat surface for months.

This book has been an opportunity for Erwitt to revisit the photographs he made in his early career and to uncover meaning upon second glance which was not apparent when the image was originally taken. The master of visual one-liners—bold statement images replete with humour, irony and acknowledged absurdity the photographs selected for this book are quieter, more subtle and suggest Erwitt's increasing confidence in his own eye. By selecting these photographs he has begun to both examine and challenge how his younger self saw the world.

« Here, in this book, are pictures that Elliott wants us to see. They've been in the dark, undisturbed, unremarked, for decades. Now he's brought them into the light. If they were ever useless, or not. »

          --  Vaughn Wallace, from his foreword

The earliest image in the book was taken in 1947 and the most recent in 2010. From post-war Europe to the former USSR, from the West Coast to the East Coast of the US to Japan, Brazil and Birmingham—the images contain some familiar themes of dogs, children and delight. However, many are more photojournalistic showing historic moments, and others intensely personal such as photographs of his first wife and his first-born daughter. "

Foreword by Vaughn Wallace in English only.

232 pages - Hardcover

GOST Books, 2021

Format : 21.5 x 29 cm

New - Mint condition

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Erwitt, Elliott

Elliott Erwitt is an French-American photographer of Russian descent. He has been a member of Magnum Photos agency since 1953! In addition to his work as a photographer, he is known also since the 1970s as a film director of fictions, documentary work and television commercials. He has photographed the daily lives of people in the US and in Europe, often with a humorous, teasing or even satirical eye; but he also accomplished great documentary work, his covering of the American segregationist South in the 1950s being particularly famous. He has published several photobooks, but not that many considering his career and longevity. He is most famous among the general public for his photographs of dogs (5 photobooks on that subject alone!). In 2021, GOST Books publishes a body of work of 170 never-seen-before photographs covering the sixty years of his career, under the title "Found, not Lost". © Portrait by Alfred Weidinger in Vienne, Austria, in 2012, taken from Erwitt's Wikipedia page.
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