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Andre Kertesz

French Cultural Service

From time to time in Andre Kertesz’s work there is a picture that bespeaks the uncertainties of courtship. One famous photograph from 1915 in Budapest frames, with a closeness that mimics their embrace, two well-dressed lovers on a garden bench, brushed lightly by the dark leaves that surround them. Her gloved fingers are clasped, immobile, around the small of his back, but his bare and ringless hands hold her shoulder close in, and wait with cautious hope and gentle pressure just above her breast. If she leans just away from his kiss, her amused and barely resistant smile also predicts her acquiescence. His dark face, its features hardly visible to the camera, is submerged in its passionate intent. In the French Cultural Service exhibition, the photograph Country Fair, 1929 (a new picture to admirers of Kertesz who have followed his work mainly via his spate of recent books) gives us a

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