Elliott Erwitt – photographer of American life, politics and the stars

Elliott Erwitt: “Photography is quite simple. You only react to what you see and take many photos" (Photo: AP)

French-born photographer Elliott Erwitt could capture moments in history with his camera, but he also had an eye for the humor and absurdity of the everyday. The dogs were a big help with that

Elliott Erwitt - who died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan at the age of 95 - was a photographer of American life, political history and the stars. It was his daughter Sasha who confirmed the news for the "New York Times" newspaper.

During an extremely varied career spanning more than 70 years, Erwitt managed to bring into focus many famous images with his camera, starting with former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who appears grieving as clutching the flag from the casket of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, at his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery in 1963, to the glamorous and sensual Hollywood actresses Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich.