A postcard bought in Dublin and sent to me by James Clifford Kent
. André Kértesz's Broken Plate
(1929). A surrealist act of grace malgré lui. Here's the story of the image according to Noël Bourcier, in the Phaidon 55 edition of Kértesz's work (London, 2001, p. 70):
`The picture was the result of an accident. When, in 1963, Kértesz regained possession of his negatives, which he had left behind in France when he moved to New York, he discovered that many of the glass plates were broken. He resigned himself to throwing them away, except for this one, which was fortuitously transformed by the breakage. The negative had originally been taken to test the optical quality of a new lens. The work could have been the starting point for a fresh approach, but Kértesz was not one for experiments.'