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André Kertész: Surveillance

André Kertész (1894 – 1985) is an undisputed master of photography, an icon who created much of the visual vocabulary of the medium that is still in use today. Kertész worked thematically throughout his life, repeatedly approaching subjects and ideas over and over again; refining and redefining his observations as he matured as an artist. A little known fact is that Surveillance is one of the many themes, and also a technique, that he continually approached and utilized. In an astonishing body of work assembled together for the first time, we witness the dichotomy of a man who observes from afar, as an outsider, but at the same time creates deeply intimate images in response to what he is witnessing. In playful, beautiful, and sometimes ominous photographs, Kertész displays a carefully calculated distance that evokes a sense of longing to belong, that simultaneously reveal that he knows that it will never be. Be it from afar or close to the subject, Kertész, the quintessential outsider, is as close as he ever can be.

Opening Reception: May 2nd, 2-5pm

Image credit: Untitled, New York, July 13, 1963 © The Estate of André Kertész

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