Pittsburgh 1950 Special Edition

Elliott Erwitt


Published December 2017
150 clamshell boxed copies with a 10 x 8 silver gelatin print signed by Elliott Erwitt
Book signed and numbered by Elliott Erwitt
225 x 305 mm
140 pages
ISBN 978-1-910401-12-5

More about this special edition

In 1950, 22-year-old Elliott Erwitt was commissioned by the legendary Roy Stryker to document Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as it emerged from a notoriously polluted industrial city into a cleaner, more modern metropolis. Shooting for Stryker’s newly organised Pittsburgh Photographic Library, Erwitt’s photographs captured the humanity and spirit of the people of the city against the angular industrial architecture. Drafted into the army in Germany just four months after arriving in Pittsburgh, Erwitt was forced to abandon the project, leaving his negatives behind. For decades, the negatives were held at the Pennsylvania Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and as a result, a majority of the photographs in this book have neither been published nor exhibited before.

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