Satiric Dancer, Paris
André Kertész
Satiric Dancer, Paris
André Kertész (1894-1985): Satiric Dancer, Paris; 1926. Gelatin silver print, image: 6-5/8 x 4-5/8 inches (16.8 x 11.8 cm); paper: 6-7/8 x 5 inches (17.5 x 12.8 cm). Private Collection.

'There was a Hungarian dancer. She was called Magda. This photo was taken in the studio of Etienne Beöthy, a friend of mine who was a sculptor. ...I said to her, 'Do something with "the spirit of the studio corner",' and she started to move on the sofa. She just made a movement. I took only two photographs. No need to shoot a hundred rolls like people do today. People in motion are wonderful to photograph. It means catching the right moment -- the moment when something changes into something else. It shows a kind of distortion similar to that in the photograph of the swimmer.’ (From Kertész on Kertész)


André Kertész ... one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Working intuitively, he captured the poetry of modern urban life ... Neither a surrealist, nor a strict photojournalist, he nevertheless infused his best images with strong tenets of both. "You don't see" the things you photograph, he explained, "you feel them."

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