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Posted Aug. 27, 2012

UVA Law Library Exhibit Showcases Groundbreaking Photojournalist

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The Law Library is displaying 42 photographs by André Kertész, including "After School in the Tuileries, 1930."

The Arthur J. Morris Law Library at the University of Virginia School of Law has launched an exhibit of the groundbreaking photojournalist André Kertész in honor of the 100th anniversary of the late artist's first photograph.

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Forty-two of Kertész's black-and-white images will be on display at the Law Library over the next two years, representing the bulk of a 50-photograph set donated to the Law School in 1985 by an anonymous alumnus. The exhibit was coordinated by the library’s Special Collections department.

"Part of what makes the set of photographs by Kertész so exciting for us is that it represents the small part of our collection that is not related to the history of the law or Law School," said Digital Collections Librarian Loren Moulds, who co-curated the exhibit with research fellow Philip Herrington and archivist Cecilia Brown. "The prints diverge from traditional manuscript collections, so we hope they attract a wider audience to our other collections."

The exhibit emphasizes Kertész's years in Paris and New York, the two cities that most inspired him to chronicle everyday life, Moulds said. A number of images in the collection — such as "Central Park Basin, 1944," "After School in the Tuileries, 1930" and "New York, 1962," also known as "Buy," — are considered masterpieces, he said.

The images on display are poster-size enlargements of the collection's original 8½-by-11 inch silver gelatin prints developed, labeled, and signed by the artist during the 1970s. Each image in the exhibit is accompanied by a title card with a QR code that allows viewers to access more information through the Special Collections Library website, including interactive maps and Google Earth images of the locations where the photographs were taken.

"The site helps visitors explore Kertesz’s New York and Paris—to see how locations have changed or remained the same and to get a sense of where he spent his years in these cities," Moulds said. “We are especially proud of the value the website brings to the prints."

More information about Kertész, including a gallery of the complete set of prints, can be found at http://lib.law.virginia.edu/kertesz/.

REPORTED BY ERIC WILLIAMSON