Tiny the new big?
Vintage black and white photographs from the history of photography have featured in the last two shows we’ve seen, first at the Getty and today at MOMA NYC.
What’s struck us has been the delicacy of these modestly sized and, at times, tiny images. Stepping up to the wall to gaze into a Walker Evans, Cartier Bresson or Andre Kertez is a pleasure – like lifting the curtain to an intimate scene.
Today’s delight was a row of tiny Kertez’s in the Thomas Walter Collection – noted images like Chez Mondrian,1926 were smaller than a post card and Bocskay-ter Budapest (above) 1914 was an exquisite matchbox-sized print.