Born Elio Romano Ervitz.
Date of birth : July 26, 1928, Paris, France.
Profession photographer at the Magnum agency.
Born in Paris, he spent his childhood in Milan, Italy.
He studied photography and filmmaking at the Los Angeles City College, then at the New School for Social Research in New York, in 1948. He finished his studies in 1950.
In 1952 he was drafted to the Army and discharged in 1953. He served as a photogtrapher's assistant in France and Germany, where he was stationed.
He joined the Magnum agency in 1953 and worked a a free-lance phothgrapher for magazines such as Collier's, Look, Life, Holiday.
At the end of 1960s, he was the president of the Magnum Agency for 3 years.
Link with Marilyn "The Seven Year Itch"
He was probably the one who took the best picture; it depicts Marilyn sitting between Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift; behind them, are standing John Huston, Eli Wallach, Frank Taylor and Arthur Miller.
picture of the group
Pictures of Erwitt by Ernst Haas ,,,