Thursday, January 20, 2011

inspiration: kertész "on reading"

on view now through february 13, 2011 at the carnegie museum of art in pittsburgh is a collection of 100 photographs by andré kertész (a photographer less well-known than, but highly esteemed by, the likes of henri cartier-bresson, robert capa, and brassaï) devoted to the pleasure of reading.

hungarian born kertész was the son of a bookseller, with a deep interest in poetry --he was drawn to these public, yet intimate moments throughout his career.

as so many drift (surge?) toward e-readers, it could well be that these snapshots take on even greater appeal. they celebrate the romance, not just of reading, but of the books and newspapers themselves.

hope you like them.

greenwich village, new york (woman on rooftop reading), may 30, 1962.
andré kertész, american, b. austria-hungary, 1894-1985.
gelatin silver print © courtesy estate of andré kertész/higher pictures 2007
carnival, paris (woman reading behind stage), 1926.
andré kertész, american, b. austria-hungary, 1894-1985.
gelatin silver print © courtesy estate of andré kertész/higher pictures 2007
new york (boy eating ice cream on a pile of newspapers), october 12, 1944.
andré kertész, american, b. austria-hungary, 1894-1985;
gelatin silver print © courtesy estate of andré kertész/higher pictures 2007

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more on the exhibit here
if you can't make it there this winter, you can buy the book...

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