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Monday, 19 February 2024


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When I grow up I want to be like Elliott Erwitt.

Even if I'd recently won a Powerball jackpot, this wouldn't have attracted me. Equable climate only half each year, and I've no interest in photographing dogs. Now Ansel's Carmel Highlands house, with its darkroom, that would be a different story.

Looks like a tasteful, light-filled home. If we could somehow sell our home and small property 12-13 times, and if I didn't mind being trapped between the ocean and NYC, it wouldn't be a bad place to hang out.

My default is to assume that pretty much no one who can afford a $4 million dollar property would be caught dead in a house that looked like it cost less than $10 million to build, or didn't look exactly like all the surrounding houses but bigger!.

Probably based on my internet history, the story of Erwitt's home being up for sale was posted from multiple sources into my newsfeeds, some with nice interior photos.

With his age coming up on the century mark, hopefully he was able to buy in at a low price that would seem impossible today. I also hope that this home will be bought by someone with a sense of history (Erwitt's history) and they won't renovate to something that destroys the past.

I enjoyed the the perspective distortion where the couches look 10 feet long in one photo and 5 feet long in the next; probably 14mm. A good reminder of what you can believe about a photo.

Just went to his retrospective in Lyon (at La Sucrière, near the Confluences) on Saturday, and that was a real treat too.
Cheers to a great artist! If you're near Lyon, France until March the 17th, don't hesitate to go there.

Guy de Maupassant and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. What fantastic art crushes. Anyone else?

This is the real estate listing. Is there also an estate sale? Quite a treasure of prints hanging in that house!!

A few years ago this was for sale, too: Brett Weston‘s Carmel Valley Home: https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_sale/Carmel-Valley-CA/19375855_zpid/51274_rid/any_days/36.702558,-121.091309,36.095718,-122.205048_rect/9_zm/?3col=true - Wonder if the chamber near the pool from which he shot his Underwater Nudes is still accessible…

I've always loved Erwitt's work, and he came across as a great guy - but what a gift, that he was able to enjoy his work being recognized while he was alive - lucky man.

Too bad indeed that probably the house will be demolished for something more fancy and expensive looking. I really like this type of houses and wouldn't mind living there.

A nice studio too, and with two Brompton's as well! I would not expect those foldable bicycles in an American house, although the neighbourhood does not look that bicycle friendly.

The house looks nice. Hard to heat. I obsess over practical details - like the madness of white, or off-white, covers on couches, sending out powerful but invisible beams inviting splashes of red wine ...

Would the furniture have been generic stuff installed there by the agents for the purposes of sale? Props, basically. Too bland for my taste.

When we moved to CA in 2003, we had an opportunity to visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis-Brown house where we met FLW's grandson and Julius Schulman, famous for his photographs of the iconic Midcentury Modern houses in SoCal.

In 2010, on an architectural house tour, we visited Schulman's house not long after he died and before anything had been changed. Here are some photos:
Go to page 3, 4 rows down for the Schulman house.

Here is what happened to it:

Draw your own conclusions!

Mr. Erwitt's co-op apartment and his studio are also for sale, in the same building on Central Park West (he had an eight floor commute). The apartment's worth three times more than the house!


Elliott Erwitt’s Co-op and Photo Studio Are Listed on Central Park West. The New York Times 2/22/2024.https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/21/realestate/elliott-erwitt-nyc-apartment-sale.html

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