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Andre Kertesz
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Photographer
    (July 2, 1894-September 28, 1985)
    Born in Budapest, Hungary
    Born Kertész Andor
    Graduated from Hungarian Academy of Commerce (1912)
    Served in World War I
    Photographed ‘Underwater Swimmer, Esztergom’ (1917), ‘Two Gypsies’ (1917), ‘Circus, Budapest’ (May 19, 1920), ‘Wandering Violinist’ (1921), ‘The Fork’ (1928), ‘Distortion’ (1933), and ‘Sixth Avenue, New York’ (1959)
    Photographed for Borsszem Jankó, Vu, Art et Médecine, Town and Country, Life, and House and Garden
    Immigrated to France (September 1925), and then to the United States (October 15, 1936)
    Published books of photographs ‘Enfants’ (1933), ‘Paris’ (1934), Nos Amies les bêtes (1936), Les Cathédrales du vin (1937), and ‘Day of Paris’ (1945)
    Died in New York City
    Most of the photographs he took during World War I were lost to the 1919 Hungarian Revolution.
    His first marriage was short-lived and he subsequently made no mention about it.
    He spent less time with his artist friends after marrying his second wife.
    His desire to attain fame can be seen as rather self-centered of him.
    In his later years, he spoke a mixture of English, French, and Hungarian called ‘Kertészian’ by his friends.
    His father died from tuberculosis when he was fourteen. (1908)
    He suffered temporary paralysis on his right arm when he was shot as a soldier. (1915)
    He fled the Nazis on grounds of his Jewish ethnicity.
    He and his wife were detained as ‘enemy aliens’ just because Hungary was fighting on the Axis side during World War II. (1941)
    Throughout much of his career, he was the ‘unknown soldier’ of photography, taking many pictures but rarely acknowledged for his work.
    Henri Cartier-Bresson said of him, ‘We owe him a great deal.’
    A crater on Mercury is named after him.

Credit: Big Lenny


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