Kertesz on Kertesz

I bought this book and I really liked it. After a short introduction by Peter Adam it’s divided into three sections, each one a phase in Kertesz’s life/career: Hungary, Paris, New York It contains over 100 of Kertesz’s images, fascinating in of themselves. Many of them are accompanied by very short comments by Kertesz himself.

Still Life, New York City, 1976



For example, the above photograph entitled “Still Life, New York City, 1976” was taken late in Kertesz’s life (he died in 1985 aged 91).

The caption reads: “This is a photograph of the apartment taken while my wife was in the hospital. I wanted the apartment to be painted for here when she came back, but she never came back”.

The only thing I didn’t like about the book was that there wasn’t more of it.  I got through it quite quickly and wanted to read more.  This isn’t a criticism as much as it is a comment on the quality and readability of the the book.

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