Untitled (La fontaine de la Place de la Concorde)
André Kertész
Untitled (La fontaine de la Place de la Concorde)
André Kertész (Hungarian, 1894-1985): Untitled (La fontaine de la Place de la Concorde), Paris, 1925. Photograph.

'France, 1925–1936: ... Hard up and speaking only Hungarian, André Kertész lived in Paris amid a circle of fellow Hungarian émigrés. It was in the studio of one of them, Étienne Beöthy, that the dancer Magda Förstner, mimicking one of the artist’s sculptures, instigated the famous photograph Satiric Dancer in 1926. In the same year, when taking photographs at Mondrian’s studio, the photographer emerged as the master of a new type of unorthodox “portrait in absence." Kertész evokes more than he shows, giving life to the inanimate, and creating a poetic language of allusive signs, both poetic and visual. During the early years of his life in Paris, he printed a large number of his images on photographic paper in postcard format (this inexpensive practice occupied a notable place in his work, because he resorted to it so persistently and with such inventiveness).' (Dr. Marcus Bunyan, artblart.com)

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."

Read more: http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/andre-kertesz