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10 Days of Giftmas
Day Five: On Reading

By November 22, 2008

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On Reading

André Kertész began a career in photojournalism in 1912, when he was just eighteen years old, and continued to do so until he died in 1985. Kertesz traveled the world, using his camera to find poetry in the mundane. Early on he took an interest in capturing people reading.

That work became On Reading, a book of sixty-six of Andre Kertesz's photographs taken between 1915 and 1970 all of which celebrate the universal and personal act of reading. On Reading, with its various subjects in various locales - a woman on a rooftop, an elderly man in a haphazard library, shoeless boys on a sidewalk - all connected by the act of reading, transports the viewer, much as the act of reading transported the subjects of these pictures.

Photo Courtesy Estate of André Kertész

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