Andre Kertesz


"I am an amateur and I intend to stay that way for the rest of my life." André Kertész
 
André Kertész, was born on July 2, 1894 in Hungary into a middle class family. He was 14 years old when his father died. His uncle looked after him after that, and steered him into working at the Budapest stock exchange, a job Kertesz hated. It was his first real job.
Kertész bought his first camera in 1912 and began taking photographs. He took the photographs of the people around him in this period. During the first World War which he joined as a member of the army, he took the photographs of his fellows in the army and their lives in the war medium until his wounding. In 1923, he refused the silver medal offered by the Hungarian Amateur Photographer’s Association. He wanted to turn down the medal for a diploma instead. Kertesz’s life is generally divided into four period and the first one is the Hungarian period in which he was in Hungary and began taking photographs.

Kertész emigrated to Paris in 1925 to work freelance in photography and lived there until 1936. He got in contact the key artists of the period at this place and got in touch with some magazines. In 1927, he had his first solo exhibition at the gallery Au Sacre du Printemps in Paris. In 1928, he bought a Leica camera and continued his works of photography by taking the photographs of everyday life in Paris, roads and the artists around him. These years were the ones in which his artistry was established and his style was clarified.

André Kertész moved to New York in 1936 and took photographs for the magazines like Look, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue for a period. Although he hadn’t planned to stay, he couldn’t leave New York because of the eruption of the second World War. The contract he had drawn up with the publisher expired in 1962. So he found chance to focus his attention on his personal works again. Kertész, who put his signature under important photograps also in this period, died silently in his sleep at his flat 12-J, on the Fifth Avenue, on September 28, 1985.

André Kertész, whose works don’t lose their significance in time and who created his own unique style, is a very important character for photography. Besides, he had his name written among the most important artists of the 20th century. He took photographs in several different kinds and he succeeded in putting his signature of his unique style under his works for all the kinds he worked.
He used shade and dark as well as light masterly. He reflected the plain aesthetics of everyday life in the best way in his photographs with small format cameras he used. He became a guide to photograph artists of his period and later with creative compositions he achieved with details of the common objects. Henri Cartier-Bresson acknowledged for him: “Whatever we have done, Kertész did first.”, as a good example to express the importance of Kertész in photography.
Andre Kertesz ''Sleeping Young Man'' Andre Kertesz, Budapest, 1914 Andre Kertesz, Budapest, 1914 Andre Kertesz ''Lovers'' Budapest, 1915 Andre Kertesz ''The Hard Walk to the Front'' Poland, 1915 Andre Kertesz ''Görz'' Italy, 1915
Andre Kertesz ''The Tender Touch'' Hungary, 1915 Andre Kertesz ''Jeno and Ilonka'' Budapest, 1917 Andre Kertesz ''Friends'' Hungary, 1917 Andre Kertesz ''Underwater Swimmer'' Hungary, 1917 Andre Kertesz Hungary, 1919
Andre Kertesz ''My Brother Imitating Scherzo'' Hungary, 1919 Andre Kertesz ''Waiting for the Ship'' Budapest, 1919 Andre Kertesz, 1920s

Andre Kertesz ''Circus'' Budapest, 1920

Andre Kertesz ''The Wandering Fiddier'' Hungary, 1921 Andre Kertesz ''Elisabeth and Me'' Budapest, 1921
Andre Kertesz ''Trio'' Hungary, 1923 Andre Kertesz ''Modernist Tree'' 1923 Andre Kertesz ''Feeding the Ducks'' Budapest, 1923 Andre Kertesz ''Stairs of Montmartre'' Paris, 1925-1927 Andre Kertesz ''Jardin-du Luxembourg'' Paris, 1925 Andre Kertesz ''Geza Blattner'' Paris, 1925

Andre Kertesz ''Behind Town Hall'' Paris, 1925

Andre Kertesz Paris, 1925

Andre Kertesz ''Shadow Artist'' Paris, 1926 Andre Kertesz ''Quartier Latin'' Paris, 1926 Andre Kertesz ''Quai'd Orsay'' Paris, 1926 Andre Kertesz ''Mondrian's Eyeglasses and Pipe'' Paris, 1926
Andre Kertesz ''Mondrian's Studio'' Paris, 1926 Andre Kertesz ''At the Home of Mondrian'' Paris, 1926 Andre Kertesz ''Satyric Dancer'' Paris, 1926 Andre Kertesz Paris, 1926 Andre Kertesz ''The Blois Intersection'' Paris, 1927-1930 Andre Kertesz ''Chairs of Paris'' Paris, 1927
Andre Kertesz ''Jolivet Square''Paris, 1927 Andre Kertesz ''Fete Foraine'' Paris, 1927 Andre Kertesz ''A Bistro Kitchen'' Paris, 1927 Andre Kertesz '' Bistro in the Quartier Latin'' Paris, 1927 Andre Kertesz ''Auto-portrait'' Paris, 1927 Andre Kertesz, ''Autop-portrait'' Paris, 1927
Andre Kertesz ''Bibliotheca'' Paris, 1928 Andre Kertesz ''The Hands of Paul Arma'' Paris, 1928 Andre Kertesz ''Meudon'' Paris, 1928 Andre Kertesz ''In the Pet Market at Saint Nichel Quays'' Paris, 1928 Andre Kertesz ''Fork'' Paris, 1928 Andre Kertesz ''Florist With Lilies of the Valley'' Paris, 1928 Andre Kertesz Paris, 1928
Andre Kertesz Paris, ''After School Tuileries'' Paris, 1928 Andre Kertesz ''Sergei Eisenstein'' Paris, 1929 Andre Kertesz ''Morning'' Paris, 1929 Andre Kertesz ''Montmartre'' Paris, 1929 Andre Kertesz ''Madam Ehrenbourg'' Paris, 1929 Andre Kertesz ''Drinking After Work'' Paris, 1929
Andre Kertesz ''The Shadow of the Eiffel Tower'' Paris, 1929 Andre Kertesz ''Le Pont des Arts'' Paris, 1929-1932 Andre Kertesz ''Broken Plate'' Paris, 1929 Andre Kertesz ''Sidewalk'' Paris, 1929 Andre Kertesz ''Rainy'' Paris, 1930 Andre Kertesz ''Fortune Teller'' Paris, 1930
Andre Kertesz Paris, 1931 Andre Kertesz Paris, 1931 Andre Kertesz Paris, ''Elisabeth and Me'' 1931 Andre Kertesz ''Rue de Ursins'' Paris, 1931 Andre Kertesz ''Saint Denis Street'' Paris, 1931-1934 Andre Kertesz ''Tour Eiffel'', Paris, 1933
Andre Kertesz ''Distortion Nude #34'', Paris, 1933 Andre Kertesz, ''Distortion Nude #49'', Paris, 1933 Andre Kertesz, New York, 1934 Andre Kertesz, ''Disabled Woman'' New York, 1936 Andre Kertesz ''Arm and Fan'' New York, 1937 Andre Kertesz ''Lost Cloud'' New York, 1937
Andre Kertesz ''Third Avenue'' New York, 1937 Andre Kertesz ''Poughkeepsie'' New York, 1937 Andre Kertesz ''Ballet'' New York, 1938 Andre Kertesz ''Melancholic Tulip'' New York, 1939 Andre Kertesz ''Children Playing With a Spray of Water'' New York, 1939 Andre Kertesz ''Group of Children at Ticket Bout'' New York, 1940 Andre Kertesz ''Return to the Port'' Central Park, 1944
Andre Kertesz, New York, 1946 Andre Kertesz, New York, 1947 Andre Kertesz ''Fire Escape'' New York, 1949 Andre Kertesz ''Lion and Shadow'' New York, 1949 Andre Kertesz ''Steps, Ramp, Shadows and Woman'' New York, 1951 Andre Kertesz ''Rainy Day'' New York, 1952 Andre Kertesz ''Elisabeth's Book'' New York, 1952
Andre Kertesz ''Washington Square'' New York, 1954 Andre Kertesz ''Washington Square'' (Gece) New York, 1954 Andre Kertesz ''Disappearance'' New York, 1955 Andre Kertesz ''Snow Covered Bench'' New York, 1959 Andre Kertesz, New York, 1961 Andre Kertesz, ''Brick Walls'', 1961 Andre Kertesz ''Broken Bench'' New York, 1962
Andre Kertesz ''Woman on Rooftop'' 1963 Andre Kertesz, New York, 1966 Andre Kertesz, New York, 1966 Andre Kertesz ''Rainy Day'' Tokyo, 1968 Andre Kertesz ''Untitled Musicians'' 1970 Andre Kertesz ''Martinique'' 1972 Andre Kertesz ''Mauna Kea'' 1974
Andre Kertesz ''Flowers for Elisabeth'' 1976 Andre Kertesz, New York, 1976 Andre Kertesz, New York, 1977 Andre Kertesz, ''Botticelli's Venus'' New York, 1978 Andre Kertesz, ''Smoke in Toronto'', 1979
Andre Kertesz, Paris, 1982 Andre Kertesz, ''Paris Breakfast'' 1982 Andre Kertesz, ''Distortion Door'', 1984

A portrait of Andre Kertesz taken by Ara Güler Andre Kertesz Andre Kertesz Andre Kertesz, New York, 1975 Andre Kertesz, Budapest, 1984