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December 12, 2021

Stunning Black and White Photos of New York by André Kertész

André Kertész (1894 – 1985), born Andor Kertész, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay. 

Due to German persecution of the Jews and the threat of World War II, Kertész decided to emigrate to the United States in 1936, where he had to rebuild his reputation through commissioned work. “People here don't look at things in a romantic way,” said Kertész in 1985, “but I am looking always; looking back, and at the new things, too. I don't give up.”

Kertész's work itself is often described as predominantly utilizing light. In the early years of his career, his then-unorthodox camera angles and style prevented his work from gaining wider recognition. With his art's intimate feeling and nostalgic tone, Kertész's images alluded to a sense of timelessness. Today Kertész is considered one of the seminal figures of photojournalism.

Take a look through Kertész's stunning black and white photographs of New York:

Poughkeepsie, 1937

The lost cloud, 1937

Children and shadows in park, 1951

Weather vane and New York skyline, 1952

Washington Square day, 1954

Washington Square day, 1954

Washington Square at night, 1954

Washington Square Park, 1962

Washington Square, 1966

Washington Square, 1969

Washington Square Park, 1969

A winter garden, 1970

23rd Street, 1970

New York, 1970s

Washington Square, 1976

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