Distortions. Photographs by André Kertész. Edited by Nicolas Ducrot. Introduction by Hilton Kramer. Alfred A. Knopf, New York 1976. Unpaged. Quarto. First edition. Inscribed on title page, "For George/André Kertész". Clothbound in illustrated dust jacket. 120 gravure reproductions.
In 1932 (according to jacket copy, 1933 according to other sources) Kertész was asked by the publisher Querelle to contribute nude photographs to the mens' magazine Le Sourire (The Smile). Since the war he had been interested in the optical distortions created by water or the chromium-plate housings of auto lamps. For this project he used three mirrors and a camera designed to expose 9-by-12-centimeter negatives fitted with an early zoom lens. "Sometimes, just by a half-a-step left or right, all the shapes and forms have changed. I viewed the changes and stopped whenever I liked the combination of distorted body shapes," Kertész recalled. They created a sensation in Paris when they were first shown, influencing Man Ray, Brassai, and others. Four years later, they created a furor when they were shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. When this book was published, they had not been seen, complete, for over 40 years. In their subversion of the logical language of the image, they are exemplary works of Surrealism.--references: jacket copy and Getty Museum
A rare inscribed copy of a signal work of the twentieth century photography.
Fine in Fine- dust jacket; a bit of edge wear and rubbing; shallow vertical ripple to front fore-edge; tiny chips (2-3 mm) at crown of spine.