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Signed and dated at lower right recto on the mount.

Born in Nagyvarad, Hungary, in 1916, Berko was orphaned as a child and sent to Germany where he was raised by family friends who were involved with the Bauhaus movement. With the rise of the Nazis, he moved to England where he studied philosophy. A self-taught photographer, Berko worked under Otto Emil Hoppe in his early twenties. He lived in Dresden, Frankfurt, Berlin and Paris before moving to India in 1938 where he worked first as a camera man and later as a photographer and filmmaker. He also worked closely with a British ad agency in Bombay, making documentaries for a list of clients that included John Grieson and the British-India Army. His photographs began to appear in such magazines as Lilliput, U S. Camera and Vu.

After the war Berko accepted an invitation from Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, one of his Bauhaus associates, to teach film at the Chicago Institute of Design. In 1949 he moved to Aspen, Colorado, to work with Walter Paepcke's Container Corporation and to be the official photographer for the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies. He left two years later to do freelance work.

He died on March 18, 2000 from complications following a stroke. He was 84.

See: Berko, Ferenc Berko: 60 Years of Photography/The Discovering Eye, p.

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Photo Detail - Ferenc Berko - Clown Putting on Makeup
Ferenc Berko Clown Putting on Makeup

Price $3,500

Main Image

Ref.# 16091

Medium Silver print

Mount On original mount

Photo Date 1949  Print Date 1949

Dimensions 12-1/4 x 10-3/8 in. (311 x 264 mm)

Photo Country United States (USA)

Photographer Country United States (USA)


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