Robert Gurbo On Andre Kertész: The Quintessential New Yorker


City Lore

This talk offers an intimate and unique perspective on photographer André Kertész by long-time curator Robert Gurbo.

Thursday, October 24th, 6:30pm
City Lore @ 56 E 1st street, New York, NY 10003

$5 ($10 AT THE DOOR)

André Kertész (1894-1985) is an undisputed master of photography. Widely considered a forefather of photojournalism and street photography, he created much of the visual vocabulary of the medium that is still in use today. From his pioneering work in Hungary (1912 -1925), through his influential work during Paris’s artistic heyday (1925- 1936), right up to his final days in New York (1936 -1985), his photographs infuse personal narrative and design into a documentary style that was uniquely his own. Kertész’s body of work, which spans much of the 20th century, includes deceptively simple images of everyday life that reflect his state of mind and his questions about his very existence and his relationship to the world around him.

Long-time curator Robert Gurbo worked with Kertész during the last seven years of the photographer’s life, and has spent the last forty years combing through Kertész’s archive. Gurbo is co-author of the catalog that accompanied the 2005 National Gallery exhibit, André Kertész, published by Princeton University Press, and is editor and author of Andre Kertész: The Early Years, and Andre Kertész: The Polaroids. Gurbo also organized the reissue of Kertész’s seminal book, On Reading, and is an Adjunct Professor of Art at Brooklyn College.

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