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Vintage print. This is a portrait of Jan Slivinski at the Gallerie Sacre du Printemps where Slivinski organized Kertesz's first exhibition.

The Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész met with great success in pre-World War II Paris. Recognized as a pioneer in small-format photography (using the newly introduced Leica camera) and a celebrated member of the milieu of Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger, and Tristan Tzara, he was published in numerous magazines, including L'Art vivant, L'Image, Vogue, Paris Magazine, Neue Jugend, Münchner Illustrierte Presse, Uhu, The Sphere, and, most often, Vu. His work was influential on a subsequent generation of photographers practicing in Paris, including Man Ray, Brassai, Moholy Nagy, Berenice Abbott, and Cartier-Bresson. In 1936 he moved to New York to fulfill a one-year contract with the Keystone photo agency. Still there, three years later he created Melancholy Tulip, which draws on the series Distortions (nude figures photographed in "funhouse" mirrors) from 1933. With the war approaching, Kertész was classified as an "enemy alien" in 1941 because of his nationality. He obtained US citizenship in 1944 and remained in the States until his death.

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