ON READING by ANDRÉ KERTÉSZ
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New York. Grossman Publishers. 1971. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Jacket Condition: Near Fine, unworn edges but some discoloration over time. 64pp. (ill. in b/w).
With 63 black & white photograph reproductions.
Jacket design by Jacqueline Schuman.
André Kertész's legacy of photojournalism had been established by the time of this publication, an artist's album of strangers in places, lost in the pages of a book. The black and white reproductions fill the pages with toothy, textural settings like fountains and library nooks falling away from the subject of the picture in their own black-and-white setting, between the typeset letters.Having been raised by booksellers in Budapest, it is interesting to consider the intimacy of these images: not just in the pleasure of a reader's private world, but the private eye of the photographer and its habits of recognition that, for Kertész, first learned to see and understand the world by, we can assume, seeing people read.