The Guardian reviews exhibition that focuses on André Kertész's photographic celebration of the joy of the written word.
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.