Dance in Photography (February 2 to March 28, 1999)
- The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), February 2 to March 28, 1999
André Kertész (American, born Hungary, 1894 - 1985)
Paris, France (Place created)
Gelatin silver print
24.8 x 19.7 cm (9 3/4 x 7 3/4 in.)
© Estate of André Kertész
Like other photographers who took dance as a subject, André Kertész appreciated the ability of the camera to capture "people in motion . . . the moment when something changes into something else." He made this image in the Paris studio of a fellow Hungarian emigré, the sculptor István Beöthy. The subject is the Hungarian dancer and cabaret performer Magda Förstner. In a playful response to Beöthy's sculpture on the left, she strikes a pose on the couch.