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Issue 115 - Capturing the nation

Whisky Magazine Issue 115
October 2013

 

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Capturing the nation

Macallan's latest master of photography talks about his career, single malt and Marilyn

You'd be hard pressed to find someone on Earth who's unacquainted with Elliott Erwitt's photographs. With a blend of compassion, wit and laser-sharp instinct, he immortalised Marilyn Monroe's now-signature billowing skirt, Jackie Kennedy Onassis's expression of despondency at her husband's funeral, Richard Nixon's assertive face-off with Nikita Khrushchev during their famous 1959 encounter, and countless shots of people in the throes of accidentally humorous moments. In 2011, The Macallan commissioned Erwitt, 85, to take photographs throughout Scotland for the fourth and latest edition of its Masters of Photography series, which is being released this fall. As with editions before him by luminaries like Annie Leibovitz and Albert Watson, each of Erwitt's photographs was paired with a single cask whisky from The Macallan. To be specific: whiskey maker Bob Dalgarno spent time with the 58 photos that Erwitt chose as his favourites and selected a single cask to capture each one of them. A new book features 158 of the photos from the project, dubbed “Elliott Erwitt's Great Scottish Adventure.” Of Erwitt's 58 choice images and corresponding malts, only 35 of the pairings are available for sale. His images capture the nation at its most beguiling. A Scottish wedding, a distillery lab, and the dramatic landscape: castles, horses, storm clouds, fishermen carrying in the daily catch, are just a few of his focuses. And there's a skinny dipper tossed in for good measure. Erwi...

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