Postcards from Paris

Andre Kertesz
The first comprehensive study of Kertesz's rare, influential objects cartes postales, documenting a formative moment in the noted photographer’s early career.
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The first comprehensive study of these rare, influential objects, documenting a formative moment in the noted photographer’s early career.

This elegant book unites all of the known carte postale prints by the photographer André Kertész (1894–1985), including portraits, views of Paris, careful studio scenes, and exquisitely simple still lifes. Essays shed new light on the artist’s most acclaimed images; themes of materiality, exile, and communication; his illustrious and bohemian social circle; and the changing identity of art photography. Playful yet refined, the book’s design reflects the spirit of 1920s Paris while underscoring the modernity of the catalogue’s more than 250 illustrated works. Kertész made his rigorously composed prints on inexpensive but lush postcard stock, sharing them with friends and sending them back to family in Hungary. The works reveal the artist learning his craft as he encountered an international group of modernists—including Piet Mondrian, Fernand Léger, and Joseph Csáky—in the interwar metropolis. Prized by collectors as well as by Kertész himself, the cartes postales influenced his compositions and the intimate scale of his picture making for decades.

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Dimensions 26 x 20.3 cm
Image Count 390 duotone and 10 colour illustrations
Binding Hardcover
Signed Copy No
Publisher Yale University Press
Date Published 2021
ISBN 13 9780300260038
Edition 1st
No. of Pages 249