Elliott ErwittPhotoshoot

A black boy pointing a gun at his head

1950

Erwitt takes what he says is his favorite photo, of a black boy pointing a gun at his head in Pittsburgh.

The picture that I keep coming back to more and more, which has a lot to do with me and my attitude and my point of view, is of the little black boy with the gun to his head. It’s a picture that for me has the elements … that speak of me as a photographer. The photograph is funny and tragic at the same time.

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