No words can express how much I love this newly released photo by Elliott Erwitt, one of the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st century. The fact that Erwitt has devoted some of his extraordinary talent to photographing dogs, makes him, IMO, the greatest dog photographer ever.
Readers of this blog know I have featured him before and raved about him often. But there has been a limited amount of his images available on the Web. That has changed. This week, German publishing house teNeues announced the launch of a new Elliot Erwitt Website featuring never before seen exclusive Erwitt photographs and a chance to interact with the iconic photographer himself via Twitter. Here's how it works; visit the website and choose a photo. Click on the photo to take you to Twitter where you write a caption for the image. Then, Elliot Erwitt will choose his favorite and the winner will receive a copy of one of his books.
I am not surprised that Erwitt has embraced social networking. His photographs are exceptional because he looks at life with fresh eyes every time he takes a shot. Experimenting with new technology and paths of promotion is an extension of that openness, that inquisitive nature. And it is yet another aspect of what makes him the best.
P.S. teNeues promises to release more Elliott Erwitt dog photographs as the Website evolves. I will keep you posted.