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Arthur Elgort

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Arthur Elgort
Born (1940-06-08) June 8, 1940 (age 84)
Alma materHunter College
OccupationFashion Photographer
SpouseGrethe Barrett Holby
Children3, including Ansel Elgort
AwardsCFDA Board of Directors Award 2011
Sundance Film Festival 1994 – Best Cinematography[1]

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

Early life and education[edit]

Elgort was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Sophie (née Didimamoff) and Harry Elgort (April 10, 1908 – October 23, 1998), a restaurant owner.[2][3] He is of Russian-Jewish heritage.[4] Raised in New York City, he attended Stuyvesant High School and Hunter College, where he studied painting.[5]


Elgort began his career working as a photo assistant to Gosta "Gus" Peterson.[6] 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. 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]

He worked for such magazines as Vogue and International Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Teen Vogue, and shooting advertising campaigns with fashion labels as Chanel, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent. He continued to work for fashion publications, as well as working on 2009 advertising campaigns with Via Spiga and Liz Claiborne with Isaac Mizrahi.[7] His work is 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. [citation needed]

In 2011, Elgort won the CFDA Board of Directors' Award.[8][9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Elgort resides in New York City with his wife, Grethe Barrett Holby, who is a producer, stage director, choreographer, and dramaturge. They have a daughter and two sons, one of whom is actor and singer Ansel Elgort.[11]

Elgort's nephew is stand-up comedian Sam Morril.[12]


  • Personal Fashion Picture. 1983. p. 109. OCLC 17282579.
  • Arthur Elgort's models manual. Grand Street Press. c. 1993. p. 384. ISBN 0963923609. Photographs of several super models like Christy Turlington, Paulina Porizkova, and Linda Evangelista
  • Camera Ready: how to shoot your kids. St Martins Press. 1997. p. 208. ISBN 0789301032.
  • Camera Crazy. Steidl. 2004. ISBN 3865210279.


Elgort made several films, including Colorado Cowboy that follows legendary cowboy, Bruce Ford, and which won the award for Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.[1]

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


  • "Arthur Elgort 1970-2010", Staley Wise Gallery[13]


  1. ^ a b c "1994 Sundance Film Festival". Sundance Institute. Archived from the original on 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  2. ^ White, Minor (1991). Aperture. Aperture Foundation. ISBN 9780893814618. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  3. ^ Elgort, Ansel. "Ansel Elgort Live Stream". divergentsociety.net (Interview). 22:05. Archived from the original on 2017-07-19.
  4. ^ "Birth Notice 1 -- No Title". The New York Times. 1940. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  5. ^ Advertising Techniques. ADA Publishing Co. 1972. Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  6. ^ Camera. International Federation of Photographic Art. 1974. Retrieved May 10, 2013 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Profile, nytimes.com, February 12, 2009; accessed October 17, 2014.
  8. ^ 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 2012-09-12.
  9. ^ "Photographer Arthur Elgort To Be Given the CFDA Board of Directors Award Tonight". Vogue. June 6, 2011.
  10. ^ "Lady Gaga to Receive CFDA's Fashion Icon Award". The Hollywood Reporter. March 17, 2011.
  11. ^ Markey, Judy (December 15, 1994). "This Picture Is Worth A Thousand Puzzles". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 10, 2013 – via newsban.com.
  12. ^ "Episode 1115 - Sam Morril". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. 16 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-09-03.
  13. ^ "Arthor Elgort 1970-2010". Staley Wise Gallery. Archived from the original on 2018-03-05. Retrieved 2012-12-23.

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