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Andrés Kertész

Underwater Swimmer

Underwater Swimmer

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Andrés Kertész-American, Born Hungarian

Title: Underwater Swimmer, 1917
Size: 24x30 in
Gelatin silver print 


One of his most iconic images is the "Underwater Swimmer," which he took in 1917 while swimming in the Adriatic Sea near the island of Korčula.

The photograph depicts a swimmer seen from above, his body suspended in the clear blue water with the sun shining through the surface above. The image has a dreamlike quality, with the swimmer appearing weightless and ethereal.

What's striking about Underwater Swimmer is that it’s the first example of Kertész’s now-signature use of distortions, a technique he went on to revisit repeatedly. With this photograph, Kertész also pioneered the idea of capturing a person underwater, a subject that is rife in the art and photography worlds today.

Courtesy of The Mimran Collection

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