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Rosenberg Case, Moment of Execution, Washington, D.C.

Artist:
Elliott Erwitt (American, born France, 1928)
Date:
1953
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
26.1 x 35 cm (10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1999
Accession Number:
1999.386.4
Rights and Reproduction:
© Elliot Erwitt
Not on view
An early member of the prestigious cooperative picture agency, Magnum, Elliott Erwitt is a master of pictorial humor and the telling human expression. In this photograph his camera shoves us toward a raucous crowd wildly cheering Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's execution for espionage, creating a chilling record of the blind patriotic zeal of 1950s middle-class America.
Inscription: Signed in pencil on print, verso, BC: "Elliott Erwitt"; Inscribed in pencil on print, verso CR: "Rosenberg Case // Moment of Execution // Washington, D.C. [sideways]; Stamped in blue ink on print, verso C: "PLEASE CREDIT // ELLIOTT ERWITT // MAGNUM PHOTOS INC. // 15 West 47th Street // New York 19, N.Y."
From the artist to Edywnn Houk

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 32," May 14, 2002–September 8, 2003.

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