Arthur Elgort

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Arthur Elgort
Born (1940-06-08) June 8, 1940 (age 74)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Photographer
Known for fashion photography
Spouse(s) Grethe Barrett Holby (3 children)

CFDA Board of Directors Award 2011

Sundance Film Festival 1994 - Best Cinematography[1]

Arthur Elgort (born 8 June 1940) is an American fashion photographer best known for his work with Vogue magazine.

Life and career[edit]

Elgort was born in Brooklyn, the son of Sophie (Didimamoff) and Harry Elgort, who owned a restaurant.[2][3][4] He is of Russian-Jewish heritage.[5] He was raised in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School and then Hunter College, where he studied painting.[6] Today, he lives in New York City with his wife, Grethe Barrett Holby, who is a producer, stage director, choreographer, and dramaturge, and three children; his son is actor Ansel Elgort.[7]

Elgort began his career working as a photo assistant to Gus Peterson,[8] whose natural shooting style greatly contributed to the lively and casual style Elgort is known for.[citation needed] He also attributes much of his style to a lifelong love of music and dance, particularly jazz and ballet.

Elgort's 1971 debut in British Vogue created a sensation in the Fashion Photography world where his soon-to-be iconic "snapshot" style and emphasis on movement and natural light liberated the idea of fashion photography.[citation needed] In September 2008, he told Teen Vogue that he credited Mademoiselle for his big break: "They were really brave and gave me a chance. It was the first time I was shooting a cover instead of a half-page here or there."[citation needed] From there, he rose to fame working for such elite magazines as International and American Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Teen Vogue and shooting advertising campaigns with fashion labels Chanel, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent. Elgort became one of the most well-known and emulated photographers in the world.[citation needed] His early body of work from the 1970s and 1980s is often considered representative of the fashion industry at the time.[citation needed]

Elgort still works for fashion publications, as well as working on his most recent 2009 advertising campaigns with Via Spiga and Liz Claiborne with Isaac Mizrahi.[9]

Elgort's works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography in New York, in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and in the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.

In 2011, Elgort won the CFDA Board of Director's Award.[10][11]



In addition to his still photographs Mr. Elgort is also recognized for his work as a filmmaker. He made several films include Colorado Cowboy that follows legendary cowboy, Bruce Ford, which won the award for Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.[1]

  • Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story
  • Colorado Cowboy: The Bruce Ford Story winner Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival 1994[1]


  • Arthor Elgort 1970-2010 at Staley Wise Gallery [12]


  1. ^ a b c "1994 Sundance Film Festival". Sundance Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ White, Minor (1991). Aperture. Aperture Foundation. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
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  4. ^; stated at 22:05
  5. ^ "Birth Notice 1 -- No Title". The New York Times. 1940. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ Advertising Techniques. ADA Publishing Co. 1972. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ Markey, Judy (December 15, 1994). "This Picture Is Worth A Thousand Puzzles". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ Camera. International Federation of Photographic Art. 1974. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
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  10. ^ Holgate, Mark (06 June 2011) "Photographer Arthur Elgort To Be Given the CFDA Board of Directors Award Tonight"
  11. ^ Givhan, Robin (June 2, 2011). "Arthur Elgort's Casual Magic: Renowned Fashion Photographer Wins CFDA Board Award". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on 2012-12-22. 
  12. ^ "Arthor Elgort 1970-2010". Staley Wise Gallery. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 

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