Martin Elkort Photography

"A beautiful photograph, like a beautiful poem, always contains a mystery, an elusive and haunting nucleus that makes us return again to probe its depths, hoping to winnow yet another insight. The mystery is often in plain sight but its meaning may be obscured with the passage of time."

– Martin Elkort


Shot in and around New York City, many of Martin Elkort’s early photographs were taken during his membership in the New York Photo League.

About Martin Elkort

Born in 1929, Martin Elkort grew up in New York during an era of great social and political change. His interest in photography started at an early age.

An American Mirror

Exploring his life and work, this documentary visits with Martin Elkort while he shares stories of the history of American photography and events that shaped our nation.