Krushchev and Nixon in Moscow, 1959
One of the best – Elliot Erwitt
Raised in Paris and Milan by Russian émigré parents, Elliot Erwitt did not become interested in photography until his family settled in Hollywood, California during his teenage years, and he started working in a commercial darkroom developing celebrity portraiture. After being drafted into the Army in 1950, he made a splash with a photo-essay on barracks life, and later traveled the world shooting for Magnum at the invitation of Robert Capa.
Erwitt’s stunning photos are acclaimed for what The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik called a “light touch that runs naturally into dry melancholic poetry.” He’s also done a lot of advertising photography, directed documentaries for HBO, and took that famous photo of Nixon prodding Khrushchev in the lapel in Moscow.