1920, printed 1980
Gelatin silver print
Image: 24.6 x 19.6 cm (9 11/16 x 7 11/16 in.); Paper: 25 x 20.3 cm (9 13/16 x 8 in.)
Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2021.116
When he was drafted to fight in World War I, André Kertész’s family bought him a light, easily handled camera so he could take it with him to the front.
Did this couple peeking at a small circus through a hole in the wall know they were being photographed? Most likely, Kertész was using his lightweight, handheld camera and caught them unaware. If so, then he becomes as much a voyeur as the couple.
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