I don’t love everything I see at the Jeu de Paume, but the current expo, which traces the 70 year career of Hungarian-born photographer André Kertész, is a rich and arresting show.
Kertész changed photography with his forays into technical innovation – including early experiments with the telephoto lens and Polaroid. But his work also packs a wallop because of his personality.
A self-described sentimental and a loner, Kertész documented life in the Hungarian countryside; in Paris, where he initiated photo-journalism; and in New York, where his talents were long unrecognized. The show includes original photographs and documents, and follows his work in all three places.