With Andre Kertez, A Master Street Photographer

July 16, 2013  •  1 Comment

 

I met Andre Kertesz in Santa Fe, New Mexico when he came by the Ernesto Mayans gallery during the opening of one of his last exhibitions.  Andre was a Hungarian-born photographer best known for his ground breaking contributions to the photographic composition and the photo essay.  He pushed the limits of amazing photographic street photography by showing some incredible moments, using both shadows and perfect timing.  He is considered by many as one of the founding fathers of  photojournalism. Andre was one of the photographers who's work I studied religiously and admired while growing up.  I finally had a chance to meet with "The Man" and we spoke a little bit since the only language we had in common was French.  I had been studying French in high school and some in college.Me and Andre Kertesz This photo of me and Andre Kertesz was taken just two weeks before Andre died on September 28, 1985.

 



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Jimmy Dorantes
I met Andre Kertesz just two weeks before his death on September 28, 1985 while I was still a photography student at the University of New Mexico, College of Fine Arts. Andre had visited Santa Fe, New Mexico for a gallery opening with his work, a fine collection of his images. I was living just 50 miles away in Albuquerque, N.M. at the time. I had a chance to sit and talk with Andre for a short conversation since the only language we had in common was French and he was tired from the jet lag. I am soooo glad I studied French in High School and College before this meeting! We were able to talk a little bit about his amazing work. I just praised him for what he did for my career and all the inspiration I had by just studying his images closely and dreaming that some day I would like to be that good of a photographer.

Kertesz made an incredible contribution to modern photojournalism and street photography. He was one of my most favorite photographers of all time with Henri Cartier-Bresson coming in on a close second. Andre's amazing creativity with a camera showed me that there are no limits to the beauty you can find in daily life if you carry your camera with you at all times. The sky's the limit and Andre captured it perfectly.

I had also studied about Andre Kertesz in my photo history classes at UNM under Beaumont Newhall, another amazing photography contributor. What an amazing career I have been blessed with! To know so much about this incredible photographer's life work while growing up as a young photographer and then finally meeting him in person!! Wow, can't get any better than that. This man laid the foundations for photojournalism and capturing fleeing moments that only a trained eye can anticipate and capture.
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