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André Kertész : Walking Into The Image


The exhibition André Kertész, Walking into the Image, at Stimultania Strasbourg is postponed; here is a first glimpse. “André Kertész (1894-1985) is one of the eyes that opened new paths in twentieth century photography. Inspired amateur at 18, craftsman of optical research for the New Vision at 28, pioneer of media issues in reporting at 36, he has largely contributed to the aesthetic and professional evolutions of the medium. If several generations of photographers have been marked by his approach and his images it is because he is the one who, without effect or display, has demonstrated the possibility of pursuing serene works throughout a photographer’s life, away from currents and on the margins of assignments, giving free rein to a strolling eye. As early as 1959, Henri Cartier-Bresson, at the height of his fame, declared that all photographers were indebted to Kertész. In 1973, John Szarkowski, curator of MoMA in New York, estimated that: “More perhaps than any other photographer, André Kertész understood the particular aesthetics of the portable device and made it manifest”, and many historians have since...

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