Quote Originally Posted by zenrhino View Post
That's the great thing about Erwitt -- it's not street photography. It's visual poetry and rhetoric that just happens to be taken in the street.
That rather depends on how one defines street photography. I tend to use the work of Erwitt, HCB, Doisneau, and Lartigue as operational definitions. There certainly is a lot of bad photography which claims the label street, and perhaps I am myself merely adding to that festering pile, but I would prefer to call that simply bad photography rather than condemning street as a genre. The cheap shots of those fallen on hard luck which many complain of are not street; they are just cynical slights made visual. The best street is indeed poetic, and Elliott is a treasure of that discipline.

"It's good when you can't explain a picture, because that means it's visual." - E.E.