André Kertész  (American/Hungarian, 1894-1985) 

Andre Kertesz Andre Kertesz (American/Hungarian, 1894–1985) was born in July of 1894, and stands as one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Drafted in 1914 into the Austrio-Hungarian army in World War I, Kertesz brought along his newly purchased camera, and the resulting images proved to be the beginning of Kertesz’s long and fruitful career. Unlike many of the photographs taken during the war, Kertesz focused on the lives of the soldiers rather than the war being raged. Capturing these soldiers’ moments of jubilation and sorrow on a personal level was a unique way to use a hand-held camera, rarely realized before.

After the war, Kertesz moved to Paris in 1925, a move that would alter the course of his photographic career. He quickly met and became friends with Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, and Piet Mondrian, and was inspired by the artistic environment surrounding him. Kertesz photographed the beautiful streets of Paris, and put on his first show at an avant-garde gallery. He managed to capture both the serious and the humor in almost every photograph, juxtaposing people with the deep shadows and beauty of the Parisian streets. Kertesz seemed to notice and highlight the small, insignificant details that would normally escape the average eye, making him immensely popular.

In 1936, Kertesz moved across the Atlantic to New York to further his career as a photographer. He found success in the unlimited stark visual experience that New York provided, photographing both the sense of awe and amazement, while still conveying a sense of alienation and isolation that one encountered in the city. With the onset of World War II, he was unable to return to Paris and was treated as an enemy of the government, making him unable to publish anything for years. His career went relatively unnoticed until 1964, when the curator at The Museum of Modern Art, John Szarkowski, organized a solo show of his work. Kertesz profoundly changed the photographic medium by witnessing and participating in the beginnings of the hand-held camera, and using it to photograph his subjects with subtlety and humor. He died in 1985 at the age of 91 in New York.

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André Kertész, Budapest (Circus)


André Kertész
Budapest (Circus)

Thomas V. Meyer Fine Art
André Kertész, The Studio Cat, Paris


André Kertész
The Studio Cat, Paris
Michael Shapiro Photographs
André Kertész, New York


André Kertész
New York

Robert Koch Gallery
André Kertész, McDougal Alley, Washington Square


André Kertész
McDougal Alley, Washington Square

Robert Koch Gallery
André Kertész, Untitled (Rooftops, Washington Square)


André Kertész
Untitled (Rooftops, Washington Square)

Robert Koch Gallery
André Kertész, Colette, Paris 1930


André Kertész
Colette, Paris 1930

Cavalier Galleries
André Kertész, Chagall Family Picnic


André Kertész
Chagall Family Picnic

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art
André Kertész, Collette


André Kertész

Madelyn Jordon Fine Art
André Kertész, MacDougal Alley, New York


André Kertész
MacDougal Alley, New York

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André Kertész, Gypsy Children Kissing, Esztergom, Hungary


André Kertész
Gypsy Children Kissing, Esztergom, Hungary, 1917
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André Kertész, Distortion #40, Paris


André Kertész
Distortion #40, Paris, 1933
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André Kertész, Broken Bench, New York


André Kertész
Broken Bench, New York, 1962
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1894   Born in Budapest, Hungary
1912   Bought his first camera while working as a clerk at the Budapest Stock Exchange
1925   Moved to Paris
1933 - 1936   Published three books of his own photographs
1936   Immigrated to United States and settled in New York
1974   Awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship
1985   Died in New York, NY
2010   Discoveries, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
Re-Collection: Works from the collection of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
CITY VIEWS: André Kertész, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
2009 - 2010   Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography and Paris, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
2009   André Kertész: On Reading, The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
André Kertész: In the Depths of Winter, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
2007 - 2008   André Kertész: Seven Decades, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
2007   The Polaroids, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
2005   The Early Years, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
André Kertész, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
2004   André Kertész, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
2003   André Kertész: The New York Period 1936 - 1985, Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York, NY
1985   André Kertész: Of Paris and New York, Chicago Institute of Art, Chicago, IL
Printemps, Tokyo, Japan
1982   André Kertész, Master of Photography, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
1980   Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites?-Photography, Terrain Gallery, New York, NY
1979   André Kertész, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK
1978   André Kertész, The Silver Image Gallery, Seattle, WA
1977   André Kertész, Musée National d'Art Moderne du Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
1972   Valokuvamuseon, Helsinki, Finland
1971   Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
1967   All Art Is For Life & Against the War in Vietnam, Terrain Gallery, New York, NY
The Concerned Photographer, Riverside Museum, New York, NY; Tokyo, Japan
1964   André Kertész, Photographer, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1963   Modernage Photo Lab, New York, NY
André Kertész, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
1946   The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1942   Image of Freedom, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1937   Photography 1839–1937, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
P M Gallery, New York, NY
Pioneers of Modern French Photography, Julien Levy Gallery, New York, NY
1936   Exposition Internationale de la Photographie Contemporaine, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
1935   Galerie de la Pléiade, Paris, France
1934   Leleu's Studio, Paris, France
Groupe Annuel des Photographes, Galerie de la Pléiade, Paris, France
Exposition de la société des artistes photographes, Studio Saint-Jacques, Paris, France
The Modern Spirit in Photography and Advertising, The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, London, UK
1933   Deuxieme Exposition Internationale de la Photographie et Cinema, Brussels, Belgium
Groupe Annuel des Photographes, Galerie de la Pléiade, Paris, France
The Modern Spirit in Photography, The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, London, UK
1932   Palais des Beaux-Arts, Internationale de la Photographie, Brussels, Belgium
Modern European Photography, Julien Levy Gallery, New York, NY
International Photographers, Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY
Modern Photography, Albright Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Museum Fokwang, Essen, Germany
1931   Deuxieme Groupe de Photographes, d'Art Contemporain Gallery, Paris, France
Neue Sportbauten, Graphische Lehr-und Versuchsanstaldt, Vienna, Austria
An Exhibition of Foreign Photography, The Art Center, New York, NY
1930   Das Lichtbild, Essen, Germany; Munich, Germany
Photographies d'aujourd'hui, d'Art Contemporain Gallery, Paris, France
1929   Fotografie der Gegenwart, Essen, Germany
Der Intenational Ausstellung von Film and Foto, Stuttgart, Germany
1928   III Salon International de Fotografie, Saragossa, Spain
XXIII Salon International de Fotografie, Paris, France
Premiere Salon Independant de la Photographie, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France
Exposition de Photographie, Galerie L'Epoque, Brussels, Belgium
Internationale Foto-Salon, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1927   Au Sacre du Printemps Gallery, Paris, France
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
  The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
  The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
  Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
  Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN
  MOCA Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
  George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, NY
  Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
  Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
  Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
  National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
  Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
  National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
  Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
  Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  Amherst Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
  The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
2010    Frizot, Michel and Annie-Laure Wanaverbecq. André Kertész. Paris: Editions, Hazan, 2010
2008    Sallenave, Daniele. André Kertész (Photofile). London: Thames & Hudson, 2008
2007    Gurbo, Robert. André Kertész: The Polaroids. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007
2005    Gossage, John, Martin Parr and Sylvia Plachy. André Kertész: Observations, Thoughts, Reflections. Chicago: Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2005
Greenough, Sarah, Robert Gurbo and Sarah Kennel. André Kertész. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2005
Silverstein, Bruce. André Kertész: The Early Years. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005
2000    Borhan, Pierre. André Kertész: His Life and Work. New York: Bulfinch Press, 2000
1982    Corkin, Jane. André Kertész: A Lifetime of Perception. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1982