The exhibition

Palazzo Ducale presents the first great retrospective exhibition of colour photos by the renowned photographer Elliott Erwitt. It will be a unique and unprecedented event. While black and white photos by the great master have been widely exhibited both abroad and in Italy with much success, his colour production has never been on show in Italy before.

As a matter of fact, only recently has Erwitt set off on a journey, which has taken him several months to sieve through his huge archive of colour photos, a technique he had decided to use only for his publishing, institutional, and advertising work. It ranges from political to social topics, from architecture to the movie industry and fashion. They are actually quite different photos, which he looked at again after several decades with a critical and contemporary view.

These pictures help us learn about a parallel and yet equally unique world.

The resulting exhibit is quite surprising in its elegant arrangement, use of colour, irony, at times even humorous touch, without mentioning Erwitt's versatile approach to photography that has made him so much loved and unique. The exhibition consists of about 135 pictures personally selected by Elliott Erwitt from his two great colour projects, namely, Kolor and The Art of André S. Solidor.

A multimedia section at the end of the exhibition features two videos about Erwitt's long career as a TV author and director, and a video collection of some of his most famous black and white pictures.

The photographer

Elliott Erwitt was born on 1928 in Paris to Russian émigré parents. His formative years were spent in Milan. At the age of 10 his family moved back to Paris only to immigrate to New York a year later, then transferring to Los Angeles in 1941. While attending Hollywood High School he worked in a commercial darkroom processing “signed” prints for fans of movie stars.

In 1948 Erwitt met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa and Roy Stryker who liked his photographs and took a personal guiding interest becoming significant mentors. The following year he returned to Europe traveling and photographing in Italy and France thus marking the start of his professional career. Drafted in to the US Army in 1951 he continued taking photographs for various publications totally apart from his military duties while stationed in New Jersey, Germany and France.

In 1953 freshly decommissioned from military service, Erwitt was invited to join Magnum Photos as a member by its founder Capa.

In 1968 he became President of the prestigious agency for 3 terms. To date he continues to be one of the leading figures in the competitive field of photography. His journalistic essays, illustrations, and advertisements have been featured in publications around the world for over half a century.

While continuing his work as a photographer, Erwitt began making films in the '70s. His documentaries include BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN (1971), RED WHITE AND BLUE GRASS (1973) sponsored with a grant from the American Film Institute, and the awarded THE GLASSMAKERS OF HERAT (1979). He also produced 17 comedies and special satire programs for Home Box Office in the ’80s.

While actively working for magazine, industrial and advertising clients Erwitt devotes all his spare time toward creating books and exhibitions of his work. To date he is the author of nearly 30 photography books.




11th February – 16th July 2017 (extended to 3rd september 2017)
Sottoporticato di Palazzo Ducale - Piazza Matteotti, 9 - Genova

Opening hours
Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Ticket office closes one hour before exhibition closing time.

Tickets (audio guide included)
Standard € 11.00 ticket;
Discounted € 9.00 ticket: disabled individuals, teachers, visitors from 19 to 27 years (they must show ID and/or University card), groups of 15 to 25 people, holders of ticket to "Modigliani" exhibition and of the following cards: Italian Touring Club, Arci, FeltrinelliCard, holders of Carlo Felice Theater and Teatro Stabile di Genova season ticket, Amici dei Musei e di Palazzo Ducale, Teatro della Tosse Card, Musei di Genova, holders of admission tickets to Musei di Strada Nuova, employees of IREN with one accompanying person, holders of Genoa's hotels discount coupons, holders of AMT annual ticket, Members of Fondazione Ansaldo, conference attendees (they must show badge with name on it), ACI card, FAI members and BNL's employees;
€ 4.00 special discounted ticket for schools and children from 6 to 14;
Free for children under 6, people accompanying disabled people, journalists and tourist guides, one leader per group, two accompanying teachers per school class, ICOM members;
€ 5.00 special discounted ticket every Friday for visitors under 27; CUS card holders all weekday afternoons from 2.00 p.m.

Joint ticket also for the Exhibition VIVIAN MAIER - A PHOTOGRAPHER FOUND
(Loggia degli Abati, 23rd June through 8th October 2017)
€ 18,00 open
€ 15.00 standard
€ 12.00 reduced
€ 5.00 joint ticket for schools, visitors under 14

Booking fees
€ 1.50: standard, discounted, group tickets
€ 1.00: special discounted tickets for schools, visitors under 14, CUS card holders

Guided Tours
€ 100.00 groups
€ 70.00 schools
€ 120.00 guided tours in foreign languages

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Press release

Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura
Camilla Talfani
T.+39 0108171612; M. +39 3357316687

Giulia Borroni
T. + 39 02 43353527
Barbara Izzo-Arianna Diana
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