About This Image
With pin holes in corners. With the photographer's stamp on the verso. Exhibition sized print. See: Modern Hungarian Photography, pl.18.
Márta Aczél (1909-1997), having received a degree in art history at Frankfurt University, became a pupil and assistant of photographer József Pécsi in 1935. While working with Pécsi in the 1930s, she made the bulk of her advertising works and object photographs. In 1939 she was included in the "Magyar fénykepezés" album (Hungarian Photography) and also participated in the exhibition "Hungarian Collection" organized by the Photographic Society of America.
Aczél was the wife of a leading Hungarian historian of photography who was taken off for forced-labor service. Aczél told the story, "At first, he wrote frequently to instill trust, to reassure and buoy me up too. He gave his fellows in misfortune English lessons, reading Dickens' Pickwick Papers. In the final weeks I sent him a large parcel, of winter clothing, and I know that he received this. At the end, he sent a message via one of his officers that he would try and cross to the Russian side at the first opportunity that presented itself. The place where he vanished is called Uspenska. Whether he froze to death or was shot and killed--there's no way of knowing."
Her husband, Dr György Kreileisheim, was the author of a slim volume entitled Old Hungarian Photography, which appeared in 1941. Since she was Jewish, Aczél herself was taken off to the Óbuda Brick Works in 1944, but later escaped from a marching column of deportees that was being driven westwards towards Vienna. She managed to stay in hiding until the war was over.
After 1945, she worked in a factory owned by her father. After the factory was nationalized by the Communists, she became a photographer for IPARTERV, the state project office for industrial buildings.
She died in 1997, and her sole living relative is Tom Lantos, a Congressman in Washington, DC.
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Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1935c Print Date 1935c
Dimensions 11-15/16 x 15-13/16 in. (303 x 402 mm)
Photo Country Hungary
Photographer Country Hungary