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André Kertész

Satyric Dancer, 1926

André Kertész was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1894.
He immigrated to Paris, France in 1925, then to the U.S. in 1936,
where he became a citizen in 1944. Kertész died in New York in 1985.

Known for:
Meditative still lifes, street photography that captures the "mysticism of the real".

Most Popular Images:
"Melancholic Tulip", "Satyric Dancer, 1926", "Chez Mondrian"

Did you know ... ?
• Both Robert Capa and Brassai credit André Kertész as a major influence in their photography.
• He became allergic to darkroom chemicals and used assistants beginning in 1960.

“What I feel, I do."

General Format:
8” x 10”, 11” x 14" Silver gelatin photographs.

How many photographs exist?
André Kertész printed in unnumbered editions. For most images, no more than 20 exist, though a few exist as editions of 150 - 200.


How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed by Kertész, signed au verso (back) or au recto (front) in pencil. Sometimes stamped on the back. Some photographs are mounted.

Vintage photographs are rare. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Kertész's first camera was an ICA 4.5" x 6" with glass plate negatives. In 1928, he bought his first Leica. At the end of his life, he used a SX-70 Polaroid.


Books - In Print:
Kertész: His Life and Work
- hardback, $65.00
Aperture Masters - $22.95

Select images are available at A Gallery for Fine Photography.

Price History:
1975: $250
1985: $900 - $4,500, vintage $25,000 - $100,000
1995: $2,000 - $12,000, vintage $25,000 - $200,000

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Carrefour, Blois 1930

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