Elliott Erwitt's Handbook

Elliott Erwitt's Handbook

by Elliott Erwitt
     
 

What is it about hands? We think we communicate with words, but has anyone ever told that to an Italian? Where did the expression "tongue-tied" come from? No one ever tied a tongue. But tie their hands and about half the world's communicators would be silenced. The human (and sometimes non-human) hands are, with the possible exception of the eyes, the most expressive… See more details below

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What is it about hands? We think we communicate with words, but has anyone ever told that to an Italian? Where did the expression "tongue-tied" come from? No one ever tied a tongue. But tie their hands and about half the world's communicators would be silenced. The human (and sometimes non-human) hands are, with the possible exception of the eyes, the most expressive parts of the body, asking for more or less, telling us to come or to go, asking questions and answering them, scolding, rewarding, searching and finding, and, at their most intimate, loving and lustful. Hands reward us, calm us, feed us, and scratch our backs. They intimidate, bless, encourage, and stop us. They soothe, caress, and sometimes go where they shouldn't. We may take hands for granted. But Elliott Erwitt does not. Here is Erwitt at his most serious-and-yet-whimsical best, giving us the moments which, without hands, would not exist. 100 duotone images.

Author Biography: Elliott Erwitt's photographs have been defining our experiences and making us laugh for more than half a century. They are in private and major museum collections throughout the world. A member of Magnum, the prestigious photo-cooperative, Erwitt has published a dozen books including Personal Exposures and, most recently, Snaps.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971454835
Publisher:
Quantuck Lane Press
Publication date:
11/14/2002
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,166,939
Product dimensions:
6.35(w) x 8.61(h) x 0.72(d)

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