The Poet of the Camera

Photographs by André Kertész (1894–1985) in the Collections of PLM
Budapest, Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum, 04 July 2019 - 06 October 2019
The 125th anniversary of André Kertész’s birth provides the opportunity for the Petőfi Literary Museum and its affiliates to exhibit their precious treasures, including known and unknown photographs by Kertész held in their collections. Seventy-three not so well-known original vintage photos from the three institutes are being presented.
The exhibition focuses on the story of the relationship between writer and journalist György Bölöni and André Kertész. The photographer must have met Bölöni immediately after his arrival in Paris in 1925–26 and they joined forces mutually helping each other until the mid 1930s. Bölöni and his wife, Itóka, found job opportunities for the photographer, while he contributed to their books with artistic illustrations. Bölöni’s study Kertész, Magician of the Darkroom was published in the same year (1930) as Sándor Márai’s appreciative article about the photographer.

Two iconic photos stand out from the series displayed in this exhibition, which represent the coffee house circumstances of the origin of Ady’s poem Autumn Slipped into Paris and part of the poet’s hotel room – according to Bölöni’s narrative. The Kertész photographs together with the captions mark out the locations of a specifically Hungarian Paris, from Léda’s apartment to Ady’s hotel, as well as cafés, parks and restaurants they visited.

In addition to the photographs of lyrical atmosphere depicting intimate moments, “found” objects and streetscapes, as well as artistic portraits taken by André Kertész, some photographs of the artist himself, letters, books and an interview are also on display.
kunyikk
2019.08.26
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