June 7, 2011

On reading…

Came across “On Reading” by legendary photographer Andre Kertész the other day, and said to myself, I’ve got to have this book! Kertész photographed people reading for fifty years. Yup, fifty years. “On Reading” contains of a series of photographs taken between 1920 and 1970. The way he captured his subjects – the readers – are like taking a snapshot of their most solitary moments. A tiny glimpse into their world as they spent their minutes, hours, or days alone. Kertész went around the world to find those everyday moments, and it was the ones that were taken on rooftops that I’m most intrigued by. Maybe it’s because of the architectural quality of the images, the juxtapositions perhaps, but they really speak to me in the most graphic way. Do you think these photographs would have had the same effect if they were in color and not black and white? Somehow the black and whites carry a history behind them, but at the same time, there’s a timeless quality to them. I especially enjoy “searching” for the readers, my eyes don’t necessarily go to them straightaway, I tend to look at everything else that surrounds him/her. Now, that’s a great storyteller.

 

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One Response to “On reading…”

  1. Decor Arts Now Says:
    June 7th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Love these images and love your blog.So glad I found it!
    Best,
    Lynn from Decor Arts Now