Photography Book: Andre Kertesz Paris Autumn 1963

I have began my collection of photography books and thought it would be nice to write about the things which I have observed and learned.

I will start with Andre Kertesz, Paris 1963.  I purchased the book after a recommendation from Bristreet to have a look at for Kertesz high POV and superb shadow work.

The book gives a bio on his journey as a photographer. He was born in Hungary, but moved to Paris to pursue his dream as a photographer and became quite successful. A move to New York would prove a challenge as he did not like the constraints of commission work thus quitting after sometime.

When he finally returned to Paris in October of 1963, he went photo crazy. In 2.5 months he shot 1500 negatives and about 300 colour slides!! That is like digital gunfire albeit expensive.

I can understand his eagerness, imagine how liberated he would have been, like a bird free of his cage, able to finally produce things he wanted.

The photographs are a selection of his black and white work taken during the 2.5 months. I immediately notice his keen eye on geometry and lines. Interestingly we get to see his process as a photographer. The images presented have a thread as we get to see his journey, finding different angles, subjects and pov to shoot whilst on the same place. Landmarks repeat which indicates his exploration of the area he is photographing in. He particularly uses trees as a foreground element to frame his subjects as can be seen on the front cover of the book.

I find life can be felt in his images. Those everyday moments but crafted with his curious eye. Something we all do as photographers, it is almost reassuring. I find them quite nostalgic and have very much enjoyed the book.  I think I might devote an entire roll of film with the aim of trying to shoot in the manner of Kertesz. If anyone is interested you are more than welcome to join me 🙂





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