Biography (Hungarian, 1894 - 1985)
André Kertész is one of the most important
photographers of the twentieth century. In a career that
spanned more than seventy years, he made some of the most
deceptively simple yet compelling photographs ever created.
Working intuitively, he sought to capture the poetry of
modern urban life, revealing its quiet incidents and odd,
occasionally comic, even bizarre juxtapositions. Combining
an amateurís love for the personal and immediate with a
modernistís sense of form, he created a purely photographic
idiom that celebrated a direct observation of everyday life.
A major retrospective of his work is traveling this year
from the National Portrait Gallery to the Los Angeles County
Museum and on to the International Center of Photography.