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From 15 April, the Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern (mpk) presents the work of one the most widely recognised and remarkable personalities in the history of photography. The exhibition opens on 15 April and continues until 12 June 2016.

André Kertész (1894–1985) is considered one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century – famed for his ability to capture life’s fleeting, emotional moments and his quest for the poetic within the ordinary. The show encompasses more than 80 prints taken from a private collection.

Born 1894 in Budapest, Kertész acquired his first camera in 1912. A soldier in the first world war, he documented the events from 1914–18. In 1925, he moved to Paris to work as a photojournalist, escaping Nazi persecution in 1936 by emigrating to New York. His years in Paris yielded the most important works of his career, in which he captures the many facets of the French metropolis in a meandering street-photography style. As is evident from his iconic product photographs such as the famous La fourchette, Kertész also embraced the New Objectivity movement as well as geometric and structural compositions, filtered through a love for physical objects.

For further information visit Museum Pfalzgalerie

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