Jun 9, 2021
Jun 9, 2021

Hazy Day, Budapest

Hungarian Memory

Hazy Day, Budapest

1920, printed 1980

André Kertész

(American, 1894–1985)


Hyperion Press

Gelatin silver print

Image: 18.6 x 24.7 cm (7 5/16 x 9 3/4 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.3 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2021.117


Did you know?

In the winter, fog lasting for days or even weeks is not uncommon in Budapest, which is bisected by the Danube River.


The empty, hazy streets in this photograph suggest that Budapest was in the middle of one of those periods of fog. Modernist photographers advocated for sharp focus, considering it a defining characteristic of the medium. André Kertész, who always followed his own path, here glories in the way solid objects are dematerialized by the haze, which renders the bicyclist and the horse-drawn carriage mostly as silhouettes.

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