Discuss another Andre Kertesz photograph

Discussion in 'Discussing a ****** Photograph' started by Pete H, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. Pete H

    Pete H Member

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    I was idly browsing through a book on Andre Kertesz, and came across "Quartier Latin", Paris, 1926. I realised that it looked very familiar, and finally dragged the association up: Kertesz used the same compositional elements as Rembrandt in his "Philosopher meditating", c. 1631. The arch as frame, the window as light source, seated figure, spiral staircase. The painting hangs in the Louvre, and I'm convinced that Kertesz used the composition deliberately.

    I really enjoy the lighting and geometric composition, the way the light edge on the figure continues up the back of the staircase, but the darkness at the top prevents the eye from leaving the photo there.

    I've also thought very often when visiting art galleries that it would be enjoyable to shoot interiors lit in the way used by the Dutch and Flemish painters of that time. Often it's a single window or door, and the shadows are very deep.
     

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  2. samcomet

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    Marvellous observation! Congrats!