Pittsburgh 1950 by Elliott Erwitt - Signed Book – Magnum Photos

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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. “It was probably the most important thing that happened to me with regard to starting my career,” Erwitt has since said. 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 US army and sent to 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.

Signed by Elliott Erwitt

  • Essay by Vaughn Wallace
  • Format: Hardback clothbound/foil stamped cover, with a french folded jacket
  • Pages: 140
  • Size: 8.86 x 12 inches
  • Publisher: GOST
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • ISBN: 978-1-910401-12-5

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A beautifully curated, newly released photobook of Erwitt’s early photographs of Pittsburgh, that bears witness to a historical time in the urban landscape of the city, as well as Erwitt’s keen eye that came to define him as a photographer.


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. “It was probably the most important thing that happened to me with regard to starting my career,” Erwitt has since said. 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 US army and sent to 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.

Signed by Elliott Erwitt

  • Essay by Vaughn Wallace
  • Format: Hardback clothbound/foil stamped cover, with a french folded jacket
  • Pages: 140
  • Size: 8.86 x 12 inches
  • Publisher: GOST
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • ISBN: 978-1-910401-12-5

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