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André Kertész (American/Hungarian, 1894–1985)
LOT ID: 80956
Broken Plate, Paris, 1929

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
7.8 х 9.8 in. (19.81 x 24.89 cm.)
Signed, "A. Kertesz," titled, dated, and stamped on label attached to verso of frame.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1970
Lot description
Printed later, circa 1970.

André Kertész (1894-1985) is considered one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Kertész was working as a clerk at the Budapest stock exchange when he received his first camera in 1912. He began taking photographs of his friends, family, and the Hungarian countryside, soon realizing he wanted to pursue photography as a career. He moved to Paris in 1925 and gained recognition as a photojournalist. Inspired by the vibrant artistic community in Paris, he took to the streets, wandering, observing, and developing his style, creating some of the most memorable images of Paris in that era. Kertész published three books of photographs between 1933 and 1936. He moved to New York in 1936 and worked for architecture and interior design magazines such as House and Garden. In New York as he had in Paris, Kertész used his camera to capture the unfamiliar yet fascinating surroundings of his new city. Kertész's images are characterized by intimacy and spontaneity, as he endeavored to capture the small or overlooked details of everyday life and to "give meaning to everything" that he observed.
Broken Plate, Paris by André Kertész
  • Broken Plate, Paris by André Kertész
  • Broken Plate, Paris by André Kertész
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