André Kertész presents his Corsican journey at Espace Diamant

Valérie Rouyer and Marcel Fortini of CMP, Matthieu Rivallin, responsible for the Photography Collections and Mediatheque for Architecture and Heritage Library, Simone Guerrini, Deputy Delegate for Culture in the City of Ajaccio, Sandrine Sartori, Secretary General of the City of Mediatheque for Architecture and Heritage

Valérie Rouyer and Marcel Fortini of CMP, Matthieu Rivallin, responsible for the Photography Collections and Mediatheque for Architecture and Heritage Library, Simone Guerrini, Deputy Delegate for Culture in the City of Ajaccio, Sandrine Sartori, Secretary General of the City of Mediatheque for Architecture and Heritage

The city of Ajaccio, the Mediterranean Center of Photography and the Library of Architecture and Heritage have joined forces to present some forty photographs to the public of Ajaccio by the famous Hungarian photographer, pioneer of photojournalism.

The photographer for “Vu” magazine since 1928, Andre Curtis “known in the field” was contacted by the estate of Comte Peraldi, president of the Tourist and Tourist Board of Corsica, to promote the image of the island. For about a week, the photographer will be cruising down the winding roads of Corsica in order to capture its beauty and reality. Because the photographer’s peculiarity is that he captures the moments. He is able, thanks to his technology, to turn an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one. He depicts landscapes and scenes from life without making any judgments about society. He captures what he sees, and what progresses before his eyes, embodying the beauty of everyday life. In the end, the artist will produce a hundred portraits. About forty of them were selected for the exhibition.

The walls of Espace Diamant mimic the journey of André Kertész

From Ajaccio to Bonifacio via Piana, it took time to depict rural scenes as the everyday life of the islanders: people at work, women for a walk, meeting honor thieves … A report carried out on the island made it possible to compose the most complete archive of the artist’s work. He will, on several occasions, reuse two of his photographs taken during his Corsican trip to illustrate his work: the Church of Piana (to be purchased by Piana Town Hall) and the night photography of Bonifacio, which is impressive for its quality.

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André Kertész, who was able to capture Corsica as it was, acted with a neutral eye but nonetheless by letting his spirit shine through by persuading Count Beraldi. The photos will be used to illustrate a guided tour of the area that will be distributed later.

A rich work of collection, selection and development was launched under the eyes of the representatives of the various partners who contributed to this work.

An exhibition of discovery from November 24 to December 17, 2021 at the Espace Diamant in Ajaccio

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