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André Kertész: Postcards from Paris

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Art Institute / Chicago / Art

Although the Bulgarian-born André Kertész bought his first camera in 1912, he didn’t start his prolific photography career until 13 years later. In 1925, after serving in the Austro-Hungarian army during W.W. I, Kerstész moved to Paris with little more than a camera in his suitcase. Three years later, his photographs were on display with modernist legends such as Man Ray, and were regularly featured in popular print publications like The Times of London. In those three years he also produced postcards: black-and-white portraits of women, stylized still lifes, Parisian landmarks. This is the first time these rare carte postales are on view together, offering a glimpse into Kertész’s early experiments. —J.D.

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