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Heavy Burden

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Heavy Burden

André Kertész

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1916, 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
One of a series of photographs that Kertész took in the Hungarian village of Esztergom, this photograph depicts a young woman hauling two large buckets up a hill using a plank of wood to balance the load on her shoulders. The winding dirt path she climbs is lined with several ramshackle houses, from which the shadowy figure of a man appears to observe her, or perhaps the photographer. Beyond the sharply delineated foreground scene, a body of water, likely the river Danube, and a spit of land are visible in the hazy distance. This image is included in a portfolio of 15 photographs entitled "A Hungarian Memory," which was published by Hyperion Press in 1980.

Physical Description
Photograph of a young woman climbing up a hill carrying two large buckets supported by a plank of wood.

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buckets (vessels)
coastal towns
documentary photography
water resources

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