DATE: January 9, 2010
Born in Hungary, Berko was brought up in Germany, and spent many years shuttling between Europe, India, and America before settling in Aspen. His peripatetic life is reflected in this show of photographs, made between 1933 and 1951, when he refined his distinctly modernist vision
.Berko's work is at once warm and cool, most apparent in a wall of nude studies of his wife, Mirte. The influence of László Moholy-Nagy crops up in skewed Bauhaus-style compositions, but these handsome images get serious competition in his photographs of India, where an almost dizzying vivaciousness overwhelms all sense of formalist cool.
Ferenc Berko, Paris, 1937 courtesy Gitterman Gallery