Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Power Of Reading

Kertész didn't live to see the age of the internet or to hear the funeral rites for the age of print। But his photos of readers aren't just a historical document or an exercise in nostalgia. The essential image he works with is timeless: human interaction with the written word. The physical forms in which we receive the word may be changing. But even when ebooks and Blackberries have taken over, that central image will remain: a text held in the hand and a head bowed over it. Andre Kertész, On Reading, is at the Photographers' Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1 until 4 October.

More pictures at: Kertész


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