Andre Kertesz, 1894-1985
Andre Kertesz is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential photographers of the twentieth century. In 1936 he came to America from Hungary after a decade of pioneering the art of modern photography in his beloved Paris. He made New York his home thereafter. For the next half century, Kertesz refined his art of avant-garde design and gentle observation of the human condition. His images explore and underscore the nuances of the everyday experience, often showing us what we just missed in passing. KertЁ¦sz made pictures for adults with the hearts of children. When he died in 1985 at the age of 91, he left behind a body of work hailed worldwide by collectors, curators, historians, and a vast, appreciative public.
Elisabeth and me
Taken in Kertesz's apartment just north of New York's Washington Square, many of these photographs were shot either from his window or in the windowsill. We see a fertile mind at work, combining personal objects into striking still lifes set against cityscape backgrounds, reflected and transformed in glass surfaces. These photographs are a testament to the genious of the photographer's eye as manifested in the simple Polaroid. (c) StephenDaiterGallery