10.8 x 7.62 cm image on 13.2 x 7.8 gelatin silver carte postale
Estate #P0072 Printed in 1927
Upon moving to Paris in 1925, Kertész continued the photographic practice he had begun honing in his native Hungary. This early, vintage carte postale from 1927 is a rare surviving example of the photographic postcards that he worked with during the mid-late 1920s. Kertész would contact print his negatives onto small silver gelatin postcard stock, which came ready made with 'carte postale' text on the back.
Kertész worked with this small size for a number of reasons, not least the comparatively lower price to printing on larger sheets of paper. However, their small size and transient nature - lending themselves to something curator Maria Morris Hambourg has recently deemed an 'exhibition in a pocket' - means that many examples of Kertész's earliest, most intimate images of Paris have become extremely rare. Differing from the other carte postale portrait present in this exhibition, here we see Kertész filling the frame, remaining serious but offer no other background clues as to his identity.