Andre Kertesz Photographic master Andre or Andor Kertesz was born on July 2, 1984 in the European capital of Budapest in Hungary. While working as a clerk at his city’s stock exchange in 1912, he purchased his first camera and created his earliest form of art work, some of which were published in his country’s magazines. He spent years as an amateur photographer and eventually moved to the French capital of Paris in 1925 where he began his career as a freelance photographer.
During his stay, influenced by his surroundings and his colleagues, Kertesz developed his own sense of creating images and was dubbed “Brother Seeing Eye” because of his ability to capture the beauty is an unposed photograph. In 1927, his received rave reviews on his one-man show, causing his images to be displayed at the First Independent Salon of Photography. The following year, Andre Kertesz purchased a small handheld camera referred to as a Leica, thus giving him the ability to capture moments of life.
He soon became a prominent contributor to Europe’s greatest publications. In 1936, the renowned photographer relocated to New York due to a project with Keystone Studios. Due to the international war fought during that time period, he decided to remain in the United States where he once again displayed his magnificent abilities in the nation’s top magazines. In 1949, he became a member of Conde Nast publications where he began photographic architectural and interior designs for House and Garden magazine, eventually making a great change to its visual character.
In 1962, he left the world of commercial art and set forth into a world filled with his ideas brought to life by his own personal projects, earning him mixed reviews from his critics. His focus was on capturing every essence of a simple moment. He even began still-life photographs. While some appreciated his artwork, his photographic style did not compare to the world of fashion photography. His reputation slowly began to diminish.
However, after another one-man show at the Museum of Modern Art, Andre Kertesz was able to make his way back to the top, capturing the mood of the decade. Andre Kertesz believed in capturing reality, hoping that the manipulation of his imagery did not cause deceit. His images were powerful, and they expressed so much of his ideas, giving support to the belief that a picture is worth a thousand words. His perception of cities and his photographic manipulation were thought to be compatible with surrealistic ideals.
The thought of “photojournalist” held a strong principle that an image’s artistic strength was derived from the photograph’s reality. Technological breakthroughs in photographic history had a major impact on the Hungarian’s career. The transition to smaller and user-friendly cameras enabled him to capture urban life as it took place. His first camera was an Ica camera, which was made out of a thin steel sheet. It was poor in photographic quality; however, the invention of a shutter enabled him to load photographic plates, and advanced them automatically after each shot.
Even at a tender age, he continued to improve and work on his passion, hoping to transform the artistic world of photography, even attempting experimentation with instant film introduced by the Polaroid company. The ability to overcome historical issues of time, clarity, and portability had played a role in the tools that he used. The development of a small, portable camera, the Leica, was perhaps his most prized tool as it was more practical than the large, heavy cameras of the time.
Like all 35 millimeter cameras, the Leica used motion picture film, which was not initially intended for still photography. However, Kertesz found them as a preferable substitute to glass plate negative cameras, his original tools. Through the use of the Leica, the famous image creator was given the ability to capture several photographs in rapid succession through the use of an exposure. This is comparable to a shutter. In 1964, Leica began developing a series of single lens reflex cameras.
Remarkably, with no formal training and the adaption of the trial and error method in learning, Andre Kertesz became known as one of the greatest figures in the field of photojournalism. References Andre kertesz (1894 – 1985). (2009). Retrieved February 24, 2011 from http://rogallery. com/Kertez_A/Kertez-Andre-Biography. html| Andre kertesz. (n. d. ). Retrieved February 24, 2011 from http://www. bradley. edu/campusorg/aiga/tim/tim_pop2. htm| Andre Kertesz. (2011). Biography. com. Retrieved February 24, 2011 from http://www. biography. com/articles/Andre-Kertesz-38017|