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James Hyman Gallery is proud to present a special exhibition for Photo London, a two person exhibition of Andre Kertesz and Linda McCartney, curated in association with the photographers’ Estates.
Andre Kertesz was one of the greatest photographers in the history of the medium and a photographer greatly admired by Linda McCartney. Famed for his modernist photographs made in Paris in the 1920s and then in New York, Kertesz’s works are tightly structured meditations on life in the modern metropolis.
Linda McCartney’s powerful photographs, like those of Kertesz are often associated with a moment in time, most particularly the 1960s and 1970s, and often use powerfully constructed compositions to create a psychological dimension.
In placing the works of Andre Kertesz and Linda McCartney together for the first time a dialogue emerges and the exhibition presents a series of pairings and groups that include: Self Portraits, Decisive Moments, The City, The Artist’s Studio, Portraits, The Natural Sublime, Moodscapes.
Paul McCartney said: “Linda was very aware of the history of photography and her own position in it. She loved Stieglitz, Diane Arbus, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz and Cartier-Bresson. She was very into the Magnum photographers and into Edward Curtis and Robert Frank. I think she saw herself as following in their footsteps, photographing moments in time.“
James Hyman said: “Having staged solo exhibitions of both Andre Kertesz and Linda McCartney I am delighted to bring the two photographers together for the first time and excited by the many ways in which their photographs interact. The work of Andre Kertesz is often seen as very structured but showing it with Linda McCartney brings out his sensitivity, intimacy and tenderness. Conversely, whilst many of Linda’s photographs are informal, their proximity to Kertesz emphasises her terrific sense of composition and structure. Above all I am excited to present so many iconic photographs and that the dialogue between these works illuminates the essence of both photographers.“
All works come from the Estates of the Photographers and are for sale subject to availability. We would like to thank Robert Gurbo at the Estate of Andre Kertesz and Paul McCartney, Mary McCartney and Sarah Brown at the Linda McCartney Estate.
From paulmccartney.com, May 15, 2019:
Linda’s platinum prints were made specially for Linda McCartney: Photographs at James Hyman Gallery, London. Staged in 2008 this was the inaugural exhibition of platinum prints by Linda to be presented in the UK. This will be the first time that a selection of the pictures have been exhibited and put on sale since 2008. To ensure each photographic print remains true to Linda’s vision the Caffell studio (with whom Linda worked throughout her career) has personally printed each platinum print, whilst Paul and Mary McCartney oversaw the process and gave final approval. Beautifully presented as large platinum prints, each photograph is for sale in limited editions of twenty five, and authenticated with a certificate signed by Paul.
Last updated on January 5, 2021