His work did not appear in Steichen’s famous The Family of Man show at the Museum of Modern Art, but in 1964, soon after John Szarkowski became the photography director at the museum, Kertész had a solo show which relaunched his career and reputation. He caught the mood of the times and became something of an elder statesman to the photographers of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They had been seeking to validate a tradition of documentary/art photography through linking it back to the Paris photographers of the 1920s and 1930s. By the mid-1970s he was showing his work in galleries all over the world. He continued working very productively into old age, and was experimenting with instant Polaroid photography shortly before he died.