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Arthur Elgort

American, b. 1940

One of the world’s most frequently imitated photographers, Arthur Elgort is a tireless innovator known for his lively “snapshot” style. He has freelanced for a range of top-tier magazines and luxury brands, and is credited with introducing movement and an emphasis on the wonders of natural light to the realm of fashion photography.

Born in 1940 in New York City, Elgort attended Stuyvesant High School and later studied painting at Hunter College before turning to photography. “I started as a painter, but I was a bad copy of Franz Kline,” explained Elgort in an interview with the New York Times. “I couldn’t draw. But I thought, ‘If I had a camera, I could capture something.’ So, I became a photographer.” 

Elgort’s career began as a photo assistant to Swedish fashion photographer Gösta Peterson. He shot his first cover photo for Mademoiselle magazine. However, a series of groundbreakingly candid black and white photos Elgort took of a model playing with a dog for British Vogue in 1971 cemented his status as a star in fashion photography. 

Elgort’s relaxed technique, which sees him capturing breezy images of models in what appear to be candid moments, was a refreshing and welcome change to the stiff and staged studio shoots that were characteristic of fashion photography during the 1970s and 1980s. As a result, Elgort has taken some of the fashion industry’s most iconic portraits, particularly of supermodels Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer and Christy Turlington. 

For decades, Elgort has worked as a photographer at Vogue, and his striking black and white and color photos have also graced the pages of Rolling Stone, GQ and Glamour.

Elgort’s works are featured in galleries and museums around the world, including the International Center of Photography in New York City, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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Lauren Hutton in Central Park, 1975, Arthur Elgort
By Arthur Elgort
Located in Fairfield, CT
Artist: Arthur Elgort (1940) Title: Lauren Hutton in Central Park, 1975 Year: 1975 Medium: Silver Gelatin Print Edition: 30, plus proofs Size: 11 x 14 in...
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1970s Pop Art Arthur Elgort

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Silver Gelatin

Romance: Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Atelier
By Arthur Elgort
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1980s Arthur Elgort

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Archival Pigment

Fire Island, New York
By Arthur Elgort
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1970s Arthur Elgort

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Silver Gelatin

Oscar De La Renta and Karl Lagerfeld, Paris
By Arthur Elgort
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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21st Century and Contemporary Arthur Elgort

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Photographic Paper

Emma Underwater - Nude Model Underwater black-and-white photography
By Arthur Elgort
Located in Vienna, AT
All prints are limited edition. Available in multiple sizes. High-end framing on request. All prints are done and signed by the artist. The collector receives an additional certificate of authenticity from the gallery. Claudia Schiffer causing a mob in Rome, Kate Moss dancing on the tables in Paris – star...
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20th Century Contemporary Arthur Elgort

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Archival Pigment

Naomi Campbell in Paris
By Arthur Elgort
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer on the verso Please inquire about additional limited sizes and editions
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Late 20th Century Arthur Elgort

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Silver Gelatin

Gail Elliott, Yasmin Le Bon, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista, New York
By Arthur Elgort
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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1980s Arthur Elgort

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Silver Gelatin

Rubbernecking, Giraffe Manor, Kenya, VOGUE
By Arthur Elgort
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer
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Early 2000s Arthur Elgort

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Archival Pigment

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Galleries Featuring Arthur Elgort

Staley-Wise Gallery
5.0
Preiss Fine Arts Photographers Limited Editions
4.8
Peter Fetterman Gallery
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Find a wide variety of authentic Arthur Elgort available for sale on 1stDibs. You can also browse by medium to find art by Arthur Elgort in archival pigment print, pigment print, silver gelatin print and more. Much of the original work by this artist or collective was created during the 20th century and is mostly associated with the contemporary style. Not every interior allows for large Arthur Elgort, so small editions measuring 8 inches across are available. Customers who are interested in this artist might also find the work of Greg Gorman, Lynn Goldsmith, and Michel Comte. Arthur Elgort prices can differ depending upon medium, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at £4,006 and tops out at £11,218, while the average work can sell for £7,612.

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