PHOTO | Eliot Erwitt, the author of the most famous photos of Marilyn Monroe, has died

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The legendary American photographer Elliot Erwitt, author of some of the most famous photographs of statesmen and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, has died at the age of 95, writes The Daily Mail.

The news of the photographer's death was announced by his agency "Magnum".

"He died peacefully surrounded by his family. His photographs have helped us understand who we are as a society and as people, they have inspired generations of photographers despite new trends in the industry," the agency announced Thursday.

Elliott Erwitt had a special gift for capturing unique moments, whether historic like the 1959 tense moment between Richard Nixon and then-Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, celebrities like the infamous Marilyn Monroe, or completely wacky portraits of dogs and humans pitted against each other. another.

Born on July 25, 1928 in Paris to Russian parents, Eliot Erwitt grew up in Milan, from where he immigrated with his family to the United States in 1939. After ten years spent in New York, he moved to Los Angeles, where he devoted himself to photography and worked in a photo studio specializing in portraits of movie stars.

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