Distortion #51

André Kertész American, born Hungary

Not on view

Although Kertesz had long been interested in mirrors, reflections, and the idea of distorting the human figure, he did not seriously investigate their photographic possibilities until 1933, when the risqué French magazine Le Sourire commissioned him to make a series of figure studies. Using a funhouse mirror from a Parisian amusement park, Kertesz, who had never photographed nudes before, spent four weeks making about two hundred negatives. A handful of these Distortions, including this one, are compellingly surreal and unnerving--not unlike Munch's famous painting The Scream of 1893 (National Gallery, Oslo).

Distortion #51, André Kertész (American (born Hungary), Budapest 1894–1985 New York), Gelatin silver print

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