André Kertész / Distortions / [”Born with photographic feeling.”]

Posted on December 12, 2014 by

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1Najinskaya Verackhatz și Nadia Kasine i-au fost modele lui André Kertész pentru realizarea seriei fotografice Distortions din 1933. Seria conține aproximativ 200 de imagini realizate printr-o combinație de oglinzi care distorsionează corpul feminin. S-a scris că nu mai rămâne nimic din acesta decât poate forma unui picior, o mână, un sân, etc., mie mi se pare că pentru prima dată avem într-un fel cât mai apropiat de realitate, o imagine a autodistrugerii umane care până acum de prea multe ori a fost rezervată numai interiorului. André Kertész vine și ne arată cum am arăta când ne mutilăm pe dinăuntru, în caz că cineva ar putea vedea. Mi se pare o serie a angoaselor și a grotescului care ne arată cât de frumoși suntem mutilați, iar artiști ai mutilării umane sunt cam puțini.

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3Mr. Kertesz was known for his drive and enthusiasm. At 90, he produced a portfolio of new pictures and showed it to the photographer Susan May Tell. When she asked him what it was that kept him working, he replied, “I am still hungry.”Andre Kertesz – This was included in the obituary of Kertesz written by John Durniak, NY Times, 30, September 85. (source: photoquotes.com)

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Technique isn’t important. Technique is in the blood. Events and mood are more important than good light and the happening is what is important. Andre Kertesz – in the TV show American Masters in 1985.

5If you want to write you should learn the alphabet. You write and write and in the end you hava a beautiful, perfect alphabet. But it isn’t the alphabed that is important. The important thing is what you are writing, what you are expressing. The same thing goes for photography. Photographs can be technically perfect and even beautiful, but they have no expression.Andre Kertesz, Visions and Images : American Photographers on Photography by Barbaralee Diamonstein , Page: 191

6I am an amateur and intend to remain one my whole life long. I attribute to photography the task of recording the real nature of things, their interior, their life. The photographer’s art is a continuous discovery which requires patience and time. A photograph draws its beauty from the truth with which it’s marked. For this very reason I refuse all the tricks of the trade and professional virtuosity which could make me betray my career. As soon as I find a subject which interests me, I leave it to the lens to record it truthfully. Look at the reporters and at the amateur photographer ! They both have only one goal; to record a memory or a document. And that is pure photography.Andre Kertesz[“Views on Nudes” by Bill Jay, Focal Press Ltd, London and New York 1971 p. 123]

7Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph. Andre Kertesz

8A photograph draws its beauty from the truth with which it is marked. For this very reason I refuse all the tricks of the trade and professional virtuosity which could make me betray my canon. As soon as I find a subject which interests me, I leave it to the lens to record truthfully. Andre Kertesz

9My talent lies in the fact that I cannot touch a camera without expressing myself. Andre Kertesz, Master Photographers – The World’s Great Photographers on their Art and Technique , Page: 135

10Born with photographic feeling.

Andre Kertesz(describing himself and other artists of his age, like White, Stieglitz, Käsebier, Alvarez-Bravo) , 1000 Photo Icons by Anthony Bannon (Foreword), George Eastman House , ISBN: 3822820970 , Page: 539

More photos from this series on La petite melancolie, here… (a blog & website I absolutely love!)

More information, on atgetphotography.com.

Quotes, source. (Photography Quotations, a very usefull tool)

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