New York by Andre Kertesz (1966)

The photograph titled “New York” was captured by Andre Kertesz in 1966. It presents a black and white image with a high vantage point looking down through a series of vertical bars to an alleyway. Below, we see the elongated shadows of two figures cast upon the ground by what appears to be the bright midday sun. The figures themselves are captured in a dynamic state: one person seems to be in a running or leaping pose while the other, smaller figure is also captured in mid-movement. The composition is dominated by strong vertical and horizontal lines, with the textures of the ground and walls providing a gritty contrast. The bars add a graphic element to the scene, almost segmenting it into slices, and leading the viewer’s eye towards the action captured in the alleyway.

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