1915, printed 1980
Gelatin silver print
Image: 16.9 x 24.6 cm (6 5/8 x 9 11/16 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.1 cm (8 x 9 7/8 in.)
Gift of Alan and Monah L. Gettner 2022.75
André Kertész fought on the Polish and Russian Fronts during World War I as a member of the Austro-Hungarian infantry.
Taken on July 19, 1915, this photograph shows soldiers being marched toward the front to participate in in a combined offensive by the Astro-Hungarian and German armies against the Russians. Kertész captured the moment when one soldier turns his head to the right, revealing his profile and putting a human face on the faceless column of trudging bodies to which the photographer also belonged.
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