Gartenberg Media Enterprises has been hired on an exclusive basis by the Estate of Raimondo Borea to manage the collection of Borea’s photographs and to further the artist’s legacy. We are therefore proud to announce that two signed photographs from the Borea Estate that were taken by esteemed fine art photographer André Kertész will be featured in the upcoming AIPAD show in New York City. Charles A. Hartman Fine Art has been commissioned to represent the sale of these vintage Kertész photographs – two of them (“Martinique” and “Sheep, May 1, 1931”) have been sold, and the remaining two (see below) will be on display at the upcoming AIPAD show in New York City.
Over a 40-year career of active photography, Raimondo Borea (1926 – 1982) amassed an impressive body of photographs that are virtually unknown today. And yet, his creative output permeated all areas of fine art photography, television, music, book publishing, and advertising. He created photographic essays on The Boys’ Towns of Italy (Rome), Washington Market and the dismantling of the Third Avenue El (New York City), and other human interest stories. He also had exclusive access to the television broadcasts Firing Line, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show, where he captured candid portraits of the show’s hosts, guests, and behind-the-scenes activities.
Over the course of his career, Borea was an active member in numerous photographic associations. In addition to the Village Camera Club and The Circle of Confusion, he was also a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP) and the American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP), where he served as President from 1974 to 1975. He developed both close personal and professional relationships with well-known photographers, including André Kertész, Ruth Orkin, Esmond Edwards, Barbara Morgan, and John Albok. A number of vintage, signed photographs by and/or of these artists are also part of the Raimondo Borea Photography Collection.
Borea maintained both a professional and personal relationship with André Kertész. In addition to the vintage photographs that Kertész gave to Borea, the collection also contains numerous photographs shot by Borea at Kertész’s studio on Fifth Avenue. The Borea archive also contains audio recordings of their conversations; an excerpt is included below.