André Kertész

I apologize for a not so “meaty” blog. With Nathaniel being a little over a week old me and my wife are just now starting to get our lives back. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy this short blog!

André Kertész was a photographer born in Hungary and later in his life moved to New York where he remained until his death. Though, Kertész’s photographic approach was not widely accepted in America his work showed his care and seriousness to the medium. Among his photographs are many portraits, most of his subjects look relaxed. If André did not like it he didn’t photograph. His composition was placed like a well skilled chess player. Many of his images had direction and flowed. One great example is the Umbrellas photograph,  the faceless subjects crossing an intersection in Tokyo give a since of direction but the arrow pointing at the bottom of the image is just the icing on the cake. However, the simplicity in some of his photographs have a calming spirit to them. The Fork shows the simplicity that Kertész portrayed in some of his photographs. the fork In this image, there is a fork resting on a saucer on a white top table; with hard light creating a nice hard shadow under the fork and saucer. Another example is Mondrian’s Glasses and Pipe the contrast and the subject matter seems to tell a story of two men sitting around the table smoking their pipes discussing what is important to them. Unlike The Fork this photograph shows soft shadows but hard contrast. After his wife died, André spent most of his time in his home photographing glass blown objects sitting on his window seal giving them an almost life like feeling. André Kertész is a testimony that good images are not dependent on a good or expensive camera. In 1982 André published a book called From My Window within the 72 pages of this book are photographs of these glass objects were photographed with a Polaroid camera. André Kertész had a great eye for art and whoever learns from his work will most likely succeed.


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