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La Fourchette d'André Kertész

January 27, 2014

Yesterday, I was reading a book about André Kertész, one of my favourite photographers. I tried to reproduce one of his most famous photographs, La Fourchette, that he made in 1928.

La Fourchette
La Fourchette d'André Kertész © Jeff Mesnil

The shape of my fork and plates are different from the original ones but the lighting is pretty similar. I used a single strobe to get a unidirectional hard light and tried several positions to get the shadows of the plate, the fork and the teeth close to the original:

La Fourchette
La Fourchette, 1928 © André Kertész

The printing I have is more subtle and nuanced that this picture from Wikimedia that has too much contrast.