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Review: André Kertész at the Photographers Gallery, London

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 27, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013
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The Guardian reviews exhibition that focuses on André Kertész's photographic celebration of the joy of the written word.


One of my favourite André Kertész photographs shows two young men sitting with their backs to a tree, each absorbed in a book. Both are wearing glasses; both use their thighs as a lectern; the one facing forwards is black, the other, in profile (a dead ringer for Woody Allen), is white. Their proximity suggests they know each other and are friends. And given the time and place of the composition, the photo could serve as an icon of the civil rights movement – racial harmony as observed in Washington Square, New York City, 1969.

Read the complete review in The Guardian.

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