André Kertész

April 14, 2014

Twenty-five years after his death, André Kertész (1894–1985) is today a world-famous photographer who produced images that will be familiar to everyone, but he has yet to receive full recognition for his personal contribution to the language of photography in the 20th century. His career spanning more than seventy years was chaotic, and his longevity was matched by an unwavering creative acuity that rendered difficult an immediate or retrospective understanding of his work" as stated by Jeu de Paume Gallery. The Hungarian-born photographer used at the time what was considered unorthodox camera angles that gained him little recognition and even Kertész thought himself unrecognized throughout his life, despite spending his life in the eternal search for acceptance and fame. Although Kertész rarely received bad reviews, it was the lack of commentary that lead to the photographer feeling distant from recognition. Despite the lack of attention, even a photographer Henri Cartier Bresson who is widely considered the godfather of photojournalism was quoted saying, "We all owe him a great deal."