USA all the Way draws on Elliott Erwitt’s monumental portfolio; a body of work stretching across six decades and featuring some of the great images of our time.
The collection presents eight, monochrome scenes of the United States. The American milieu has always been a favourite subject for the photographer, from its urban centres, in their elegance and their grit, to its sprawling open landscapes. Indeed, the images in US celebrates this diversity in locations as varied as uptown New York and the cattle ranches of the West.
Many of the images were taken in the 1950s and 60s, and the sharp, black and white style captures the vibrancy of American life in this post-war period with its neon lights and gleaming chrome; photographs of stylish cars and giant advertising hoardings meet shots of cowboys and palm trees.
Erwitt captures the different sides of New York: from the monumental, thrusting silhouette of the Empire State Building viewed by a lone woman from the observation deck of the Rockefeller Centre, to the gang of children playing curb-side in the spray of a fire hydrant. In common, like so many of Erwitt’s images, they give us an insightful, un-staged view of the American landscape and people.