J. Graf

Antanas Sutkus: a master of the casual moment

A legend of Lithuanian photography and a winner of the National Prize for Culture and Arts, who catches and preserves snapshots of everyday life. Antanas Sutkus is among the most famous of Lithuania’s photographers, and someone who breathed the spark of creative inspiration into the stagnant photography of the Soviet past. He is a witness to everyday life who sees regular objects and people from a unique perspective. The artist’s photographs are genuine works of humanist, journalistic photography. Antanas Sutkus has immortalised numerous renowned personalities, including President Valdas Adamkus, poet Czesław Miłosz, writer Tomas Venclova, world-famous philosopher and writer duo, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, designer Paul Smith, artist and film-maker Jonas Mekas and many others.

“Antanas Sutkus is characterised by an intuitive creative method, the tendency to record various moments of life based on insight, an ability to build an emotional connection with the people he photographs, to sense the subtle sense of authenticity inherent in the casual moments of our lives and to express it in his photographs.” Photography scholar Tomas Pabedinskas 

Užupis High School Students, 1959