Jun 9, 2021
Jun 9, 2021

Bocskay Tér, Budapest

Hungarian Memory

Bocskay Tér, Budapest

1914, printed 1980

André Kertész Hyperion Press

(American, 1894–1985)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 18.7 x 24.6 cm (7 3/8 x 9 11/16 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.2 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2021.115


Did you know?

André Kertész’s brother helped him with this photo by posing for it.


Night photography was challenging in the 1910s, but Kertész and his brother succeeded in creating this dramatic image with its hints of film noir. The light source that blazes so brightly and creates the man’s dark “twin” remains a mystery. It is likely that the relatively slow film speed would have required Kertész’s brother to hold still during the shot.

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