André Kertész (1894-1985) has been hailed as one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Working intuitively, he captured the poetry of modern urban life with its quiet, often overlooked incidents and odd, occasionally comic, or even bizarre juxtapositions. Born Kertész Andor in Budapest, he received his first camera in 1912 and immediately began to make intimate portraits of family and friends, studies of the Hungarian countryside, and scenes of daily life behind the battle lines of World War I. Seeking to make a living through photography, he moved in 1925 to Paris, where he established a successful career as a photojournalist.
There has never been a proper retrospective of the work of André Kertész in Europe, even though he donated all his negatives to the French state.
This show brings together a sizeable ensemble of prints and original documents covering the different periods of Kertész’s life and artistic career.
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