André Kertész

Overview

André Kertész (1894–1985) is one of the most original and celebrated of photographers of the 20th century. He was a founder of the modernist photography that originated in the European avant-garde movements of the 1920s, and although his lifelong unwillingness to compromise his independence and his creation of "photographic poetry" made him an almost marginal figure for most of his life, his influence on the development of photography, particularly photojournalism, during the ...

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Overview

André Kertész (1894–1985) is one of the most original and celebrated of photographers of the 20th century. He was a founder of the modernist photography that originated in the European avant-garde movements of the 1920s, and although his lifelong unwillingness to compromise his independence and his creation of "photographic poetry" made him an almost marginal figure for most of his life, his influence on the development of photography, particularly photojournalism, during the middle years of the century was profound.

This comprehensive book accompanies a major retrospective exhibition of Kertész’s work at Paris’s Jeu de Paume Museum (also visiting several other European venues including Winterthur, Berlin, and Budapest). The text is organized around the three main periods of Kertész’s seventy-year-long career: Budapest, 1914–25; Paris, 1925–36; and New York, 1936–85. Each section of the text includes an illustrated historical analysis, a portfolio of works, and notes on particular elements of Kertész’s style and practice. Many rare vintage and period prints produced under the photographer’s control are reproduced to highest standards in this beautiful book, reflecting the visual quality of this exceptional body of compelling and poetic images.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This beautiful collection of photographs by Andre Kertész presents a biographical account divided into geographical sections covering the artist's youth in Hungary, his early success in Paris, and the frustrations he faced in New York later in life. Knowing Kertész's story provides a great insight into his work, the sadness and solitude evoked in images that often "centered around the opposition between a seemingly malevolent environment and a vulnerable individual." Kertész's style was difficult to define in an age that was just beginning to recognize photography. He neither fit in with Pictorialism, the popular style in Hungary, nor the Surrealists in Paris, nor photojournalism, though his work was often labeled as such. He is often described as a poet by the authors, his images "a series of precious and revealing moments, slowly discovered and abruptly caught." Origin stories are given for some of Kertész's best-known photographs, including Fork, The Lost Cloud, and his portraits of artists in absentia, such as Mondrian's Eyeglasses and Pipe. Kertész "skim reality, keeping only fugitive tokens and fortuitous signs of it, to found a new photographic language," and modern photography owes a great deal to him. Photos. (Dec.)
CHOICE

"This book is a verywelcome addition to the Kertesz literature. . . . This represents an excellent resource for future work."—C. Chiarenza, CHOICE

— C. Chiarenza

CHOICE - C. Chiarenza

"This book is a verywelcome addition to the Kertesz literature. . . . This represents an excellent resource for future work."—C. Chiarenza, CHOICE
Digital Photography Review (online) - Adam Koplan

“Magnificent . . . makes a clear case for [Kertész’s] elevated status.”—Adam Koplan, dpreview.com (Digital Photography Review)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300167818
  • Publisher: Editions Hazan, Paris
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Michel Frizot is Director of Research at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique, Paris, and teaches at the École du Louvre. Annie-Laure Wanaverbecq is artistic director of the Maison Doisneau, Gentilly, and lectures on the history of photography at the École du Louvre.
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