Elliott Erwitt prides himself on taking pictures of things that are real. He loathes Photoshop, and he thinks the best thing about photography is that ‘it’s about what you see, not what you construct’. But for his latest project, a photographic study of Scotland, he made an exception: he took a picture of the Loch Ness monster. ‘It’s a real photograph – your basic monster,’ Erwitt, 85, insists. ‘It’s not digital manipulation.’ But isn’t he capturing something that isn’t there? ‘No. It’s the real Loch Ness. And magic, of course.’

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