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André Kertész: Sur/Real

Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City presents the early photographs of photographer André Kertész, taken between 1914 and 1936.

The exhibition brings together iconic and never-before-seen photographs of the Hungarian photographer, who cultivated a passion for the arts from a very young age. In an image from 1914 he photographed four men sitting on a ramp, fellow soldiers at the onset of war declared by Austria-Hungary on Serbia, lined up in a tight composition of light and shade. An early example of his work fluctuating between documentation and modernism.

Group of four men in trunks sitting on a ramp, 1914

Alexander Calder, Paris, 1929

Mondrian’s place, 1926

While influenced by Surrealism and Dada, and abstracting his views with daring crops and pioneering compositions, he never lost an observational approach to photography, nor his endless curiosity for everyday life as he strolled in the streets of Paris. As Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “We all owe something to André Kertész”.

Chairs in the American Library, Paris, 1928

Chagall, Paris, 1933

Paris from the Eiffel Tower, 1933

The exhibition “The Visual Language of Modernity: The Early Photographs of André Kertész” is on view at Bruce Silverstein gallery, in New York City, until August 5.

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