Lithuanian Portraits is an exhibition of works by Lithuania's most celebrated photographer, Antanas Sutkus (b. 1939 -). A master of monochrome documentary photography, Sutkus has had a strong influence on the development of photography in the Baltic. His lucid and extraordinary images of everyday events in his Lithuanian homeland have been compared to the humanistic approach of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Andre Kertesz.
Sutkus' body of work bears witness to the country's subjection to Soviet rule, presenting a visual history of Communism in an objective but humanistic documentary style. Throughout, it is the daily trials of ordinary Lithuanians from rural villages that tell the story.
His works are displayed in the collections of Lithuanian Museum of Art, Vilnius; National Library, Paris; Museum of French Photography, Paris; Museum of Photography, Helsinki; International Centre of Photography, New York; Institute of Arts, Chicago; Art Museum, Minneapolis; Art Museum, Boston; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm; and The Moscow House of Photography.
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