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Preview: Ferenc Berko, Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Red Fort, Delhi, 1938, Ferenc Berko

Gitterman Gallery will be hosting a collection of Ferenc Berko for their latest exhibition. Born to a Jewish family in Hungary, Berko’s vast travels and a strong nurturing of his creativity made him one of photography’s great modernists in the middle of the 20th century.

In 1933, with the growth of anti-Semitism in Germany, Berko was sent to England to finish his studies in philosophy. While in London, he became active in the photography and film circles and learned from Emil Otto Hoppé. Following school, Berko moved to Paris where he continued to collaborate with his wife Mirte on a series of nude photographs. In 1937 he made a trip back to Hungary and photographed Jews in Budapest.  In 1938, with Nazi influence on the rise, Berko moved to India to become a filmmaker. Beyond learning cinematography, he experimented with the photographic process, creating photograms as well as prints with multiple negatives, while at the same time continuing his passion for investigating the world through an eye for beauty and form.

Moholy-Nagy invited Berko to teach photography and film at the New Bauhaus, the Institute of Design in Chicago. Unfortunately, Moholy-Nagy died just before Berko arrived in 1947. Berko’s work in Chicago focused on the abstraction of the urban landscape, continuing his interest in modernism, while developing work that had a direct dialogue with the current developments of Abstract Expressionism. Berko moved to Aspen in 1949. In Aspen, Berko’s visual and intellectual palettes were nourished; he had finally found a place where he felt both respected and inspired.

Berko’s work has been collected by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; International Center of Photography, New York; Musée d’Elysée, Laussane; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Near the end of his life, 60 Years of Photography: The Discovering Eye (Edition Stemmle, 1995) and Berko: Photographs (Graphis, 1999) were published.

The exhibit will open June 21st and run until August 19th, 2016.

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