Water has many options. It hydrates, it cleanses, it amuses, it nourishes, it transports, it amazes. A main topic of my exhibition is the use of water to hydrate people, because without water people and other living things cannot survive. It is one of the most important things that living organisms need to survive, and that is one of the reasons why my exhibition shows various works on hydration. The water also cares for us. It provides us with food and a source of income, whether we fish from it or cross it, water does something for us.

Water is also something that purifies us in a variety of ways. Literally, we use water to bathe and remove dirt from our bodies; but we also use it to spiritually purify and purify ourselves. Water has proven to be a powerful natural resource that behaves like no other and has power.

    Aside from what water does to help us survive and to cleanse or cleanse us, water is also able to bring joy to people and animals. People swim and splash and float in the water, they watch the sunset over the beautiful sea and illuminate the water with wonderful colors.

    Water seems simple or simple, but literature has portrayed the liquid as magical, and artists have interpreted it as meaning more than you can see at first glance. Water is a source of endless possibilities, and it is up to us to decide which way water can offer us.

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André Kertész

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1917, printed 1980

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

7 15/16 in x 9 15/16 in (20.16 cm x 25.24 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Edward M. Strauss

Subject matter
This evocative photograph depicts a silhouette of three figures in a canoe paddling across a gently rippling body of water while the sun sets behind them. The reflection of the sun in the water produces a series of horizontal bands of dark and light forms throughout the image; from the dark water in the foreground to the reflected sun at middleground, and again in the opaque form of the distant shoreline bisecting the scene, capped by the white arc of the sun's rays and the dimming sky above. This photograph was included in a portfolio of 15 prints entitled "A Hungarian Memory," which was published by Hyperion Press in 1980.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a silhouette of three figures in a boat paddling across a body of water while the sun sets behind them.

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documentary photography
figures (illustrations)
reflections (perceived properties)
water (inorganic material)

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André Kertész
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