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André Kertész (American/Hungarian, 1894–1985)
LOT ID: 66549
Distortion #80, 1933

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
6.5 х 4.75 in. (16.51 x 12.06 cm.)
Stamped, artist stamp on verso, inscribed in artist's hand.
Lot description
16.5 x 12.1 cm.

André Kertész
b. 1894 Hungary, d. 1985 New York City
photographer, American
[T]he moment always dictates in my work....Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see....I see a situation and I know that it's right.
--André Kertész

André Kertész bought his first camera and made his first photograph while working as a clerk at the Budapest stock exchange in 1912. After years of amateur snapshot photography in his native Hungary, he moved to Paris in 1925 and began a career as a freelance photographer. There the young transplant, speaking little French, took to the streets, wandering, observing, and developing his intimate approach to imagemaking. He also met and began to photograph other artists, including Brassaï.

From 1933 to 1936 Kertész published three books of his own photographs. Immigrating to the United States in 1936, he settled in New York, where he earned his living photographing architecture and interiors for magazines such as House and Garden. It was not until he retired from commercial work at age sixty-eight that Kertész was free to focus again on the more personal subjects that had delighted him as an amateur.[getty.edu]

Books:
Kertész, André. Andre Kertész. André Kertész / introduction by Danièlle Sallenave. London ; New York : Thames & Hudson, 2007.

Greenough, Sarah. André Kertész / Sarah Greenough, Robert Gurbo, Sarah Kennel. Washington : National Gallery of Art ; Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2005.

Kertész, André. André Kertész : the early years / [by Robert Gurbo ; edited by Robert Gurbo and Bruce Silverstein]. New York ; London : W. W. Norton, c2005.

Kertész, André. André Kertész, his life and work / [edited by] Pierre Borhan ; essays by Pierre Borhan ... [et al.]. Boston : Little, Brown, c1994.

Kertész, André. André Kertész : photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Malibu, Calif. : The Museum, c1994.

Kertész, André. André Kertész shashinshū. André Kertész, diary of light 1912-1985 / foreword by Cornell Capa ; essay by Hal Hinson ; edited by Susan Harder with Hiroji Kubota. New York, N.Y. : Aperture Foundation, 1987.

Kertész, André. Kertész on Kertész : a self-portrait / photo and text by André Kertész ; introduction by Peter Adam. New York : Abbeville Press, c1985.

Kertész, André. André Kertész : sixty years of photography / edited by Nicolas Ducrot. New York : Penguin Books, 1978.

Kertész, André. André Kertész. Millerton, N.Y. : Aperture, c1977.

Kertész, André. J’aime Paris : photographs since the twenties / by André Kertész ; edited by Nicolas Ducrot. London : Thames and Hudson, 1974.

Kertész, André. Day of Paris; photographs by Andre Kertesz. George Davis, editor. New York, J. J. Augustin [1945].
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