Born: Budapest, Hungary July 2nd, 1894
Died: New York, N.Y. September 28th, 1985
This Hungarian born photographers commercial work includes publications like Look, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue magazines.
His photographic pursuits led him to Paris to where he lived a bohemian artist lifestyle. Here he would scrape a living shooting for as many magazines as he could.
Kertesz found Paris a welcoming and artistically inspiring place. He managed to made portraits of some of the great Parisian artists of the time, including Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Sergei Eisenstein, and Tristan Tzara.
His unconventional use of camera position was never really recognized, the small format Leica camera he shot with, and his approach to shooting people and street scenes would all have an influence on future generations of photographers. These were the foundations that he started to lay those that would be inspired by his work. These would include photographers like Man Ray, Brassai, Moholy Nagy, and Henri Cartier Bresson. Perhaps for others like Eugene Atget, and Berenice Abbott as well.
Kertesz’s best known work would be the streets of Paris, abstract work of nude reflections in distorting mirrors, and his work on Washington Square in NY.
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