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Opening the book on modern photography


By Melanie Abrams, August 13, 2009


Kertész’s photograph of his friend Sue Grayson Ford, taken at the Hertfordshire home of the sculptor Henry Moore in 1980. Kertész was “a warm and loving person”, she says.

Kertész’s photograph of his friend Sue Grayson Ford, taken at the Hertfordshire home of the sculptor Henry Moore in 1980. Kertész was “a warm and loving person”, she says.

With his Leica camera in hand, André Kertész wandered city streets, photographing people going about their daily lives. It helped him, he felt, come to terms with being an outsider, first as a Jew in early 20th-century Hungary, then as a émigré in Paris between the wars, and then in New York.

The images he created led many of his peers to regard him as the father of photojournalism, although it needed a Museum of Modern Art retrospective in New York in 1962 to re-establish his reputation. Even now, his name is less famous than those he influenced, such as Henri Cartier Bresson, who acknowledged his importance by claiming: “We all owe him a great deal.”

For the full article please click on the following link.
http://www.thejc.com/articles/opening-book-modern-photography

André Kertész: On Reading is at The Photographers’ Gallery, London W1 until October 4 (www.photonet.org.uk)

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