Have an account? Login | New to Lomography? Register | Lab | Current Site:

Icons in Focus: Visionary and Photojournalism Pioneer André Kertész

If there’s one thing that a photographer needs to have in his or her profession, it's vision. That’s exactly what André Kertész had in his long and fruitful career, as seen on each of his masterfully composed and executed photographs.

It is amazing how every photographer can have a “voice” when it comes to his or her work; a voice that just screams out creativity with a signature style. André Kertész is considered as one of the pioneers of photojournalism and was viewed in high regard by some of the best photographers to have ever peered into the camera. Henri Cartier-Bresson and Brassai had nothing but words of adulation for the photographer. We can’t think of enough reasons for them to say otherwise.

André Kertész was born Kertész Andor on July 2, 1894 in Hungary. Weaned in the study and field of business, Kertész was expected by his family to pursue a career in stock trading but his love for photography was still there. He used his earnings as a stockbroker to purchase a camera and sold some of his earlier works to magazines, which they published. Although he sold some of his photographic works, his compositions and then unorthodox style of shooting were unpopular, leading to poor reception among larger audiences.

His diverse compositions paved the way for critical acclaim. Kertész’s use of various components in his photographs, such as symmetry and detail, added to the mystique of his work. His eye for detail showed a different side to photography and transformed the seemingly normal into well composed images. Kertész’s distorted nudes portrayed his artistic sense and surrealist approach; his elevated point-of-view from windows and buildings showed new perspectives to be explored.

Kertész carefully composed his photographs. For him, it was a medium capable of boundless artistic possibilities with every frame and roll of film. His different experiments with form and shooting styles remain relevant to this day as he is continued to be celebrated in the world of photography.

The esteemed photographer stood behind the lens until the elements of his photographs were complete. His quiet lifestyle and humble approach to photography are lessons for every photographer. Kertész stayed behind the lens to capture what was happening right before his eyes. He died on September 28, 1985 at the age of 91.

All information and photos used in this article were sourced from International Center of Photography, Bulger Gallery, Lumiere Gallery, PBS website, Film’s Not Dead and Wikipedia – André Kertész.

Like this article? Check out more stories from our Today in History and Throwback Thursday series.

written by cheeo

No comments yet, be the first