André Kertész biography

André Kertész

Visual Artist

1894 – 1985


Who was André Kertész?

André Kertész, born Kertész Andor, was a Hungarian-born photographer known for his groundbreaking contributions to photographic composition and the photo essay. In the early years of his career, his then-unorthodox camera angles and style prevented his work from gaining wider recognition. Kertész never felt that he had gained the worldwide recognition he deserved. Today he is considered one of the seminal figures of photojournalism.

Expected by his family to work as a stockbroker, Kertész pursued photography independently as an autodidact, and his early work was published primarily in magazines, a major market in those years. This continued until much later in his life, when Kertész stopped accepting commissions. He served briefly in World War I and moved to Paris in 1925, then the artistic capital of the world, against the wishes of his family. In Paris he worked for France's first illustrated magazine called VU. Involved with many young immigrant artists and the Dada movement, he achieved critical and commercial success.


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Jul 2, 1894
Also known as
  • Andre Kertesz
  • Judaism
  • Jewish people
  • France
  • United States of America
  • Hungary

  • ( - 1912)
Lived in
  • New York City
    (1936 - 1985/09/28)
  • Paris
Sep 28, 1985
New York City

on July 23, 2013