My photographs are memories that never go away.
Francis (Ferenc) Haar, Hungarian-American photographer, 2001
For more than 20 years, I have been working on a book and exhibition project that will showcase the amazing wave of photographers that came to the United States from Hungary in the 20th century after World War I. Loosely titled, American, born Hungary, it looks at the influence and impact of this talented yet under-recognized group of photographers on the world of art and trade. Household names such as Andre Kertesz, Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Gyorgy Kepes, Robert Capa, Cornell Capa, Nicholas Muray, and more than 50 others will be included in this exhibition that will premier at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2019. Their work has influenced so many photographers during the past century, including me. To them, and to my father, a Hungarian-American who was mesmerized by the magic of photography and from whom I inherited that passion, I am indebted.
In this season of thanksgiving, we have much for which to be thankful. I have the good fortune of traveling often. I use every day as an opportunity to capture images of life that surrounds us. While running early in the morning, when the sunlight is the best, I record snippets of the world at large. Translating them into black and white, I attempt to amplify the beauty in all that I see. I have added a number of new images to my website from travels that have taken me far and wide this past year: to Auvillar in southern France, home to the French outpost of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VCCA; to Barcelona, where I visited with the sculptor Jaume Plensa and saw Sean Scully’s spectacular chapel installation; to Beijing, China to participate in the Palace Museum’s global gathering of leaders who shared their thoughts on the future of art museums in the 21st century; to Mexico City, where I visited the studio and foundry of the late sculptor Leonora Carrington; to Redondo Beach, California where my son Robert, an aspiring young filmmaker lives with his delightful and charming girlfriend Ashley; and to San Francisco, where I spoke at a gathering of museum trustees from across the country. I hope you enjoy.