Andre KERTESZ, (Carrefour, 1930, Blois): from a portfolio Enlarge 1 /1


Hungary 1894 – United States of America 1985

  • France

(Carrefour, 1930, Blois): from a portfolio "Photographs Andre Kertesz Vol. II" [Ed.36/50] 1930 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 17.9 h x 24.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1978
Accession No: NGA 78.82.1

Kertész’s innovative use of shadow, angle, subject, and composition earned him acclaim during his period of living in Paris during the 1930s. During his travel through France during the early 1930s, he often took advantage of high vantage points, going so far as to ask individuals to use their apartments. The ‘high angle’ or ‘downward-tilted’ shot became one of Kertész’s signature traits, which reflected both his use of portable, hand-held cameras and interest in the structures and rhythms of modernist geometry.

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