Getty Curator Karen Hellman: Building Exteriors and Formal Patterns

Sep 30, 2013 11:15PM

“The exteriors of buildings can provide exciting formal patterns to play with within the frame of the camera viewfinder. Kertész’s Rue Vavin, Paris one of the first photographs he took in his new city shortly after he moved there – the view out his window is both an exploration of a new place and a new vision of photography – the angle at which he takes the image and the way he arranges the grid of windows and shutters on the Parisian apartment building across the street is indicative of a new camera vision he would explore and which will be fostered in the artistic culture of 1920s Paris.”

—Karen Hellman, assistant curator in the Department of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Image: André Kertész, Rue Vavin, Paris, 1925. © Estate of André Kertész, Courtesy The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles