On Reading

On Reading

by
Abby Zimet

 On Reading: André Kertész

Esztergom, Hungary, 1915

A new show in Britain by Budapest-born
photographer André Kertész, who famously chronicled life in the Jewish
ghettos of the 1930s, highlights the wonders of the written word. For
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(Kertész) has no interest in the great and good. The Bowery bum retrieving a
newspaper from a wastebin; a woman kneeling over a text in a Manila
market; gondoliers, circus performers and street vendors...What the camera
captures is their thirst for knowledge or hunger to escape their
circumstances.

 

On Reading: André Kertész Washington Square

Washington Square, New York City, 1969

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