Andre Kertesz (1894 - 1985)
Born in Budapest Andre Kertesz studied at the Academy of Commerce until he bought his first camera in 1912. He served in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I, and in 1925 had one of his photographs published on the cover of Erdekes Ujsay.
In 1936, he came to the United States, and began freelancing for Collier's, Harper's Bazaar, and House & Garden, among other mass-circulation magazines. Eventually, and until 1962, he worked under contract to Condé Nast. Between 1963 and his death, his independently produced photographs became more widely accessible, and Kertész became one of the most respected photographers in America.
Kertész's work had widespread and diverse effects on many photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and Brassaï, who counted him as a mentor during the late 1920s and early 1930s. His personal work in the 1960s and 1970s inspired countless other contemporary photographers.
Circus, May 19, 1920, Budapest
1920 / printed 1967
Gelatin silver print
9.75 x 7.75 in.
Artist’s stamp and "Concerned Photographer" stamp: This photograph may only be reproduced for review purposes in connection with the photographic exhibit “THE CONCERNED PHOTOGRAPHER” Copyright 1967 on print verso