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Andre Kertesz: His Life and Work Paperback – June 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821226487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821226483
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Pierre Borhan is head of the mission du Patrimoine Photographique, which houses the collection of Andre Kertesz's correspondence and photographic negatives.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 15, 2000
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Andre Kertesz was unsurpassed as a composer of photographic images. His focus was to create "not the epic but the lyric truth." This outstanding book gives you a full biographical and pictoral treatment of his vision for photography.
If you are offended by all nudity, you should know that this volume contains both male and female nudity. These images are all very tastefully and beautifully done in the best artistic expression of capturing the essence of humanity.
Kertesz was born as Andor ("Bandi") Kertesz in Budapest in 1894. He was born into a Jewish middle class family. This pleasant environment was upset when his father died of tuberculosis when Bandi was 14. His uncle looked after Kertesz's career interests after that, and steered him into working at the stock exchange, a job Kertesz hated. Kertesz served in World War I, and was wounded. But he did not seem to have been destroyed emotionally by the experience as so many young Europeans were. His photographs from the trenches focus on the fundamental experience rather than the shocking or appalling.
Unlike many photographers who started as artists in another genre, Kertesz was drawn directly to photography. Seeing the first illustrated magazines sold him on the concept, and he got a camera as soon as he could afford one.
His career spans four periods. The first was in his native Hungary and emphasized sympathetic, realistic images of "peasants, Gypsies and the landscape of the Hungarian plains." His work was that of an amateur, photographing in his spare time when he was not working at the stock exchange.
The second was when he moved to Paris in 1925, where he thought he did his best work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Shallcross on July 22, 2013
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I'm not an expert on Kertesz or any other photographer, but he is certainly one of my very favorites. This book with essays by Pierre Borhan and others is a wonderful collection of Kertesz's best work arranged in chronological periods of his life that correspond well with the types of subject matter he dealt with. Throughout, one can see Kertesz's unique perception of human circumstance, always people inhabiting space in ways that reflect the character of their lives and the way spatial elements in some sense set a stage for that life. Kertesz "sees" these compositions in their fleeting momentariness and in capturing them reveals a great sympathy for his fellow human beings as they move within the natural and man made elements that constitute their habitat. To see through the eyes of Andre Kertesz, as represented in the works of this fine volume, is to recognize a kind of spatial poetry of human existence.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
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Kertesz' photos are beautifully reproduced. While the book contains plenty of biographical information, I wish more attention had been to the composition techniques which make these photos such masterpieces. Nevertheless, it is still an intoxicating look at the world of black and white photography.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Marzullo on September 8, 2014
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