Daniel Wolf, Inc., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1984.
Not currently on view
André Kertész (American, born Hungary, 1894 - 1985)
Meudon, France, Europe (Place created)
negative 1928; print 1970s
Gelatin silver print
24.8 × 17.4 cm (9 3/4 × 6 7/8 in.)
© Estate of André Kertész
A man walks toward the camera carrying a newspaper-wrapped parcel. Overhead a locomotive train smokes through the sky on a viaduct. Men and women come and go on the narrow street, which terminates in a construction scene at the base of the elevated tracks.
Is the village road open or being opened to through traffic, as the curving white path through the arch on the right might suggest? The train and construction represent progress and modernization and as such are encroachments upon the quaint neighborhood that Andre Kertész photographed with his new 35mm camera. He froze the train in motion at exactly the moment when it was framed between the buildings.