André Kertész: On Reading
Above New York City, October 12, 1944.
One of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, André Kertész (1894-1985), tirelessly explored new projects throughout his career, yet one series above all, On Reading, would remain a constant fascination, and become one of his signature works.
Between 1915 and 1970 Kertész captured readers of all ages, united through what he described as the ‘universal pleasure’ of reading — on rooftops and balconies, in parks, on crowded streets, at train stations, in libraries — all lost in the solitary pleasure of reading.
An intimate little book, On Reading, originally published in 1971 by Grossman Publishers, consists of 66 photographs and remained one of Kertész ‘s personal favourites says Roberto Gurbo. But crucially it’s publication also marked the end of a long period of working in relative obscurity for Kertész, and was central to re-establishing his ‘identity at a critical juncture in his career.’
On Reading, is published by W.W. Norton.
Further reading Doroth Bohm: A World Observed 1940-2010.