Born in 1939, Antanas Sutkus is today considered one of his home country's most significant photographers. In 1969 he was one of the founders of the Lithuanian Association for Photography, which he managed for many years. In 1996 he became President of the newly formed Lithuanian Association of Artistic Photographers, a position he still continues to hold.
Artistic photography in the Soviet Union at the end of the sixties, was very much influenced by Sutkus's moving and realistic photographs. His charismatic personality also played a role. He developed an active approach to exhibiting, which helped make Lithuanian photography better known. He deals with his own work in an unusually open way.
Sutkus began taking pictures of people in his home-country in the fifties. He worked for decades on People from Lithuania, an as-yet incomplete cycle. His aim was and is to capture those valuable moments offered by nature and by people. Nowadays, his work is considered a photographic account of a social, political and artistic era.
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