Jun 9, 2021
Jun 9, 2021

Wandering Violinist, Abony

Hungarian Memory

Wandering Violinist, Abony

1921, printed 1980

André Kertész Hyperion Press

(American, 1894–1985)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 24.6 x 19 cm (9 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.); Paper: 25.3 x 20.2 cm (9 15/16 x 7 15/16 in.)

Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2021.119


Did you know?

In the early 1920s, André Kertész did clerical work at the Budapest stock market and photographed in his free time.


As a young man, Kertész often photographed rural and small-town life in Hungary. Abony is an agricultural town about 50 miles outside Budapest. This violinist, André Kertész remembered, was “a blind musician not a gypsy, who wandered from village to village with his boy.” He made his living playing for donations.

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