VIDEO: Elliott Erwitt at Beetles + Huxley

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VIDEO: Elliott Erwitt at Beetles + Huxley
VIDEO: Elliott Erwitt at Beetles + Huxley

Indulging the photographer's notorious partiality for a pun, the exhibition's title refers to its dual purpose. It was a doubled up exhibition of two rarely seen aspects of Erwitt's work: his platinum prints and his photographs of Marilyn Monroe.

Platinum

The exhibition was the first opportunity for the public to view large-format platinum prints of Erwitt's most celebrated photographs in the UK. Featuring some of the most well known photographs of the twentieth century, the platinum prints are stunning feats of innovation in printing technology that showcase a rich, subtle tonal range. The platinum collection includes examples of Erwitt's famous humour, visual puns often underwriting street scenes and portraits. Examples of the more photojournalistic side of Erwitt's work can be seen in one of his earliest photographs, showing the segregation of White' and Coloured' drinking fountains in North Carolina whilst a shot of fellow photographer, Robert Frank, dancing with his wife shows a charming, intimate moment.

Marilyn

Capturing the Hollywood star at work on film sets and at rest in her home, Erwitt photographed Marilyn Monroe through the 1950s and 60s. His photographs of Marilyn, taken at the height of the phenomenon surrounding her fame, immortalise the charisma and energy with which she mesmerised her colleagues, lovers, friends and fans. The exhibition also included Erwitt's photographs of Monroe relaxing in her New York apartment, the iconic white dress on the subway grate' moment during the filming of The Seven Year Itch and those taken on the set of her last completed film, The Misfits, made poignant by her imminent death. Previously unseen colour photographs from the shoots were displayed as well as the original contact sheets.

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