Chevaux de bois, Paris 1929
© Andre Kertesz
Vintage silver gelatin print
“I started photography instinctively. I never tried to imitate or copy any painting or graphic; photography itself was the medium by which I strove to express my impressions and feelings. As with every art, in photography the most important thing is that we feel fully what we are doing”.
The tributes and admiration showered on this pioneer of photography whenever his work is shown are belated accolades for a career that began almost at the beginning of this century. “We all owe something to Kertész,” said Cartier - Bresson, and called him his “poetic wellspring”. Brassai said, “André Kertész has two qualities that are essential for a great photographer : an insatiable curiosity about the world, about people, and about life, and a precise sense of form”.
In seventy three years his freshness of seeing and uncorrupted attitude to the world and his art have remained unchanged. Throughout his life he displayed an acute awareness of the ‘decisive moment’, and is still considered today one of the true masters of his craft.