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André Kertész: Postcards from Paris

POSTCARDS FROM PARIS: Rare early works from the late Hungarian photojournalist André Kertész.
  • 02/27/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 03/06/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 03/13/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 03/20/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 03/27/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 04/03/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 04/10/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 04/17/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 04/24/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 05/01/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 05/08/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 05/15/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 05/22/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • 05/29/2022 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Cost: $16.50
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CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: The early work of Hungarian photographer André Kertész is now on display at the High Museum until late May. Kertész established himself as an avant-garde artist, diarist and documentarian in 1920s Paris, the world’s cultural capital at the time, rising to prominence alongside the likes of Berenice Abbott and Man Ray. He printed many of his photographs on carte postale, or postcard paper, crafting his images in a darkroom into a new format. The High exhibition is the first of its kind, gathering these rare prints under one roof and hinting at the expansive nature of his later work. With the onset of World War II, Kertész moved to New York, where he at first struggled to succeed, gradually gaining recognition and becoming a seminal figure in photojournalism with solo shows, books, awards, and, ultimately, critical acclaim. “I write with light,” Kertész said of his oeuvre, while the great Henri Cartier-Bresson commented, “We all owe him a great deal.” — KCM

From the venue:

In 1925, photographer André Kertész (American, born Hungary, 1894–1985) arrived in Paris with little more than a camera and meager savings. Over the next three years, the young artist carved out a photographic practice that allowed him to move among the realms of amateur and professional, photojournalist and avant-garde artist, diarist and documentarian. By the end of 1928, he had achieved widespread recognition, emerging as a major figure in modern art photography alongside such figures as Man Ray and Berenice Abbott. During this three-year period, he chose to print most of his photographs on carte postale, or postcard paper. Although this choice may have initially been born of economy and convenience, he turned the popular format toward artistic ends, rigorously composing new images in the darkroom and making a new kind of photographic object.

Postcards from Paris is the first exhibition to bring together Kertész’s rare carte postale prints. These now-iconic works offer new insight into his early, experimental years and reveal the importance of Paris as a vibrant meeting ground for international artists, who drew inspiration from each other to create new, modern ways of seeing and representing the world.

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