Martin Elkort: Optimism and Innocence - Opening Reception

Martin Elkort (American, b. April 18, 1929) was born in New York and grew up amidst the Great Depression. He took his first professional photograph at the age of 10 while on a car trip with his family in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun purchased his photographs of submerged cars during a flood and at that point, he was hooked on photography. At the age of 15 Martin came down with polio and spent 4 months in the hospital. When he returned home, his parents bought him his first Ciroflex, a twin-lens reflex camera, that cost them about a week’s salary at the time. After his recovery, he set out around Manhattan taking pictures of whatever interested him.

Elkhort currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife where he continues to enjoy his street photography. He also writes articles about photography for Rangefinder and Black & White Magazine.

Martin Elkort’s work is widely exhibited and can be found in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Getty Museum, The Columbus Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, The Jewish Museum in Brooklyn as well as many corporate and private collections.

This exhibit runs through May 31st.

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  • Kaaren C.

    I really enjoyed the street photography of Martin Elkort. The other galleries in the strip were also had openings, so lots of friendly people and lots of wonderful artwork. Pictures later today.

    1 · May 4

  • Denise B.

    There is also a film...

    Documentary Film Screening: “Martin Elkort: An American Mirror”

    Twyford’s documentary about her father’s life and work will be showing at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
    Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the MFAH, will introduce the film. Twyford will be present to discuss and answer questions about the film. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77005
    Sunday, May 18, 5 p.m. Tickets are $9 with a $2 discount for MFAH members. Tickets can be pre-purchased online.

    May 2

    • Debi

      A meetup has already been set for the 18th. You are encouraged to see the film when you can.

      May 2

  • Dolores P.

    Will not be able to go.

    April 30

  • Alcy N.

    I happen to be off and would like to go

    April 28

  • Teresa B.

    I cannot go, Finals the week after, will be studying.

    April 27

  • Dallas M.

    Unfortunately I'm out of town this weekend starting Thursday evening. It's not all bad though; I'll be on vacation in Galveston with family...who also love photography!!

    April 27

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