Friday, September 21, 2012

Photographer André Kertész

Hungarian-born autodidactic photographer André Kertész (1894-1985) is widely considered to be one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century and a seminal figure of photojournalism. Although achieving greater success later in his career, Kertész's never felt he received the recognition he deserved, believing his groundbreaking styles and camera angles, which were unorthodox at the time, prevented him from gaining worldwide acknowledgement.

Kertész's career can generally be divided into four sections, defined by the area in which his work was receiving the most recognition at the time - the Hungarian period, the French period, the American period, and the International period. During the International period, beginning in 1961 when Kertész was 67-years-old, his work finally began to be displayed worldwide, beginning with a show in Venice and, two years later in 1964, a critically acclaimed solo show at New York's Museum of Modern Art under the direction of John Szarkowski.

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