Personal Best

Personal Best

Elliott Erwitt

Picture editing. Design. Typography. Layout. Production.
Clothbound with 4-colour jacket. 448pp. 2/3/4-colour sections: tritone B/W + spot silver.
teNeues Publishing (New York) Ltd.

Full-page bleeds

The book size was designed to a 2:3 (35mm) proportion to facilitate full-page bleeds with no cropping.


The red cloth cover with embossed detail is presented in a two-colour card box-casing.

Personal Best

Elliott Erwitt

A new collection personally edited by Elliott Erwitt and SMITH, with two thirds of the photographs never having been published before. The generous format and double-page spreads emphasise the artistry of a master photographer who has shot Hollywood legends such as Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe, as well as Krushchev and Nixon in Moscow in 1959.

Published by teNeues

Personal Best ISBN: 383-279-162-0/ISBN: 978-3-8327-9162-9 (Out of Stock).
Personal Best: The Collector’s Edition ISBN: 978-3-8327-9171-1 (Out of Stock)

Elliott Erwitt (1928–)

Erwitt began working as a professional photographer in 1948 in New York, where he met Edward Steichen, Roy Stryker and Robert Capa. He was invited by Capa to join Magnum Photos in 1953 and served several terms as its president. Erwitt has published several books and had numerous solo exhibitions at major institutions, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in Paris and Kunsthaus in Zurich.


Nominated for the Lucie Awards’ Photography Book Publisher of the Year, 2007

New teNeues Elliott Erwitt series

Based on the success of Personal Best, teNeues and Elliott Erwitt commissioned SMITH to create three further books:

Unseen ISBN: 9783-8327-9210-7 (Out of Stock)
Dogs To be released 2008.
New York To be released 2008.


His iconic shots, powerful and playful, have been gathered in this retrospective volume. The Boston Globe