TRAVELING BERKO RETROSPECTIVE TO BEGIN IN PARIS:
NOVEMBER 8 - DECEMBER 15, 2012
INSTITUT HONGROIS . 92, RUE BONAPARTE . INFO: 33 1 43 26 06 44
Tuesday - Saturday: 13H 30 - 19H 30 . Free Admission . Metro: Saint-Suplice
Part of Paris' bi-annual Month of Photo, Ferenc Berko: In Search of Beauty, is presented by the Hungarian Cultural Institute and the Berko Archive, curated by Mirte Berko Mallory, Diane Elisabeth Poirier, Csaba Varga.
The exhibition honors Ferenc Berko as part of a long tradition of Hungarian émigré photographers, Brassaï, Capa, Hervé, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy, Munkásci…
Berko : a man between three continents, three histories, three names, three nationalities, four languages, seven disciplines, was above all, a man of the image. While situated at the crossroads of multiple avant-garde movements, he photographed and created a world of his own vision. Berko found his place as a photographer : of nudes, towns, abstracts, landscapes, portraits, color, and film.
Berko’s life itinerary was oriented by the history of the twentieth century. Raised in Berlin amidst the Bauhaus principles, Berko learned to see through the prism of geometry and contrasts in light. As a student in London and Paris, Berko established his composition style derived of line, form, and pattern, a delicate beauty. Emigrating to Bombay, he experimented with diverse photo and film processes and continued to make films, take portraits, nudes, and commercial photos.
As an expatriate in Chicago, he refined the abstraction of the landscape, a subjective isolation of urban details. Settled in Aspen, Berko found a fertile environment in which to explore the visual world in both black and white and color. Recognized as a pioneer of abstract color photography, Berko leaves a varied and inspiring body of work.
bERKO RETROSPECTIVE CONTINUES TO pECS, HUNGARY. FEBRUARY 15 - APRIL 7, 2013
VASARELY MUSEUM. KAPTALAN UTCA 3. INFO: 36 30/873-8129
bERKO RETROSPECTIVE CONTINUES TO BUDAPEST, HUNGARY. APRIL 18 - JUNE 23, 2013
MUSEUM OF LITERATURE PETOFI . KAROLYI MIHALY UTCA 16. INFO: 36 1/317-3611
the exhibit will continue to ...
szeged, hungary :: bucharest, romania :: rome, Italy.
BERKO EXHIBITS IN PARIS, 18 - 21 OF NOVEMBER
Gitterman Gallery will be representing The Ferenc Berko Archive at Paris Photo.
Annual photography fair Paris Photo brings together, from November 18th to the 21st, one hundred international galleries and publishers presenting a panorama of the finest examples of photographic expression from the 19th century to the present day.
Paris Photo also turns the spotlight on the Central Europe scene, reveals new talents through awards and competitions and offers a rich programme of events and encounters.
The 14th Paris Photo edition coincides with the biennial “Mois de la Photo”, a month-long photographic event, turning the city into the photography capital of the world in November.
The Ferenc Berko Photo Archive is pleased to announce its representation by Gitterman Gallery in New York.
The successful first exhibition ran from November 13, 2009 – January 23, 2010.
Enjoy the exhibition reviews:
The New Yorker
Berko (1916-2000), born in Hungary, was brought up in Germany, and spent many years shuttling between Europe, India, and America before settling in Aspen. His peripatetic life is reflected in this show of photographs, made between 1933 and 1951, when he refined his distinctly modernist vision. Berko’s work is at once warm and cool, most apparent in a wall of nude studies of his wife, Mirte, in which artiness never entirely muffles eroticism. The early influence of László Moholy-Nagy crops up repeatedly in skewed Bauhaus-style compositions of architectural details, but these handsome images get serious competition in his photographs of India, where an almost dizzying vivaciousness overwhelms all sense of formalist cool. Through Jan. 23. (Gitterman, 170 E. 75th St. 212-734-0868.)
Read more at The New Yorker...
By Valerie Gladstone
Hungarian-born photographer Ferenc Berko (1916-2000) grew up in Europe in the 1930s, influenced by Bauhaus teachers Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and especially Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. Escaping to London with the rise of Nazism, he began a peripatetic career that took him all over the world, shooting pictures, making films, teaching and quickly becoming a formidable figure in photography. Considered among the 100 most important photographers of the 20th century, he excelled at portraits, nudes and abstractions, shooting over the years amazingly varied and powerful pictures that are now museums in the United States and Europe.
He shot this outstanding selection of 48 vintage black-and-white photographs from the 1930s to the early 1950s. In the intimacy of a gallery, viewers have the opportunity to see close up his infinite skill at transforming his subjects into haunting shapes, shadows and forms. In a nude taken in Paris in 1937, a woman pulls her hair off the nape of her neck, her face hidden by her shoulder. One curl hangs loose, its curve echoing the curve of her breast. All soft angles in shades of gray, it conveys a quiet sweetness.
Never repeating himself, he photographed a full figure nude in Chicago in 1950, whose fluid shape is reminiscent of those in Matisse’s “The Dance,” her arms outstretched, one leg in front of the other, all in shadow but for the tinge of light on her breast and forehead. His solarized nudes on the other hand look like Giacometti sculptures, elongated and floating in space.
He lavished the same attention on objects and scenes as he did on nudes. By shooting “Chowpatty Beach, Bombay” from a distance, he caught an unearthly quality in the masses of people on the beach. In the breathtaking “Early Morning Market, Nowshera, India,” a woman walks across a courtyard, her shadow and those of a tree and animals like ghosts. She has her hand to her head, a simple gesture that gives the entire picture poignancy.
While his images are more often poetic and sensual than humorous, his “Denture Shop, Rawalpindi, India” shows his wit and sense of irony. Outside a dark shop with a sign reading “Teeth,” huge models of dentures are displayed, one on top of the other, the shopkeeper just inside the entrance diminished by all his wares. Unifying all his photos is his infinite care with every last detail of the composition. There is not a false note here. Only harmony.
The Ferenc Berko Photo Archive is pleased to be represented by The GItterman Gallery
BERKO GALLERY @ Frames and Finds is now open!
Join us for an exhibition opening:
January 8th, 6 pm : Winter Details
February 5th, 6 pm : Color
March 5th, 6 pm: Landscape as Nude
Berko Studio Photography has been an Aspen establishment since 1949. First residing in the basement of the Wheeler Opera House, then on Hyman Avenue, Berko Studo permanently moved into the Lily-Reid Victorian on Hopkins Avenue, now Timberline Bank. Berko Studio, the photography gallery of internationally renowned photographer Ferenc Berko, shared the Victorian with the Toy Counter, a European toyshop run by Berko's wife, Mirte. Together, the Berkos created an intimate, locally-owned and operated, store of beautiful photographs and beautiful toys. Upon entering, one never knew what they would find, perhaps a wooden game or a vintage photograph from Europe in the 1930s. The Toy Counter and the Berko Studio closed in the late 1980s.
Great local establishments never disappear, they only adapt to their times and return in perhaps a new place with a new face. And so, it is with great enthusiasm that the Berko Photography is re-opening in yet another historic Aspen Victorian, this time the purple Victorian at 616 West Main Street. BERKO GALLERY @ Frames and Finds is an intimate, locally-owned and operated, store with beautiful photographs and beautiful frames. Jennifer Fleetwood, of Frames @ Finds, and Mirte Berko Mallory, one of the Berko's granddaughters, hope that upon entering BERKO GALLERY @ Frames and Finds you will be delighted with the breadth of photographs and frames that you will find - perhaps a series of black and white abstractions in a contemporary white frame or a large color photograph framed and stretched on canvas. Come visit!