André Kertész

The first photographer in the world to have a show devoted entirely to his work, self-taught Hungarian-born photographer Andre Kertész is well known for his then unorthodox camera angles and use of visual distortions. His work is distinguished by haunting, almost disturbing compositions. He is credited as one of the earliest developers of the photo essay despite the fact that much of his methods which were unfamiliar to the photographic world of the time, prevented his work from gaining greater recognition and distribution. Kertész collaborated with French editor and publisher Lucien Vogel and was mentor to famous photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson. In the 1970s his work had somewhat of a resurgence with showings of his art in galleries all over the world. He also continued producing photographic work well into his old age.


Text © Cigdem Mirol