Exhibition of a Lithuanian photography classic, Antanas Sutkus “Lithuanian people” will be opened at the Kaunas photography gallery, on the 7th of May. During the opening a newly published photography album by Lithuanian Photographers’ Association will be presented.
Sutkus is a people, not a things photographer, even though there are always plenty of “things” that reveal the rough order of life. He is very interested in what we often call a “daily struggle” – how do those, whom he meets on the way, live. Sutkus never hid behind the camera and the subjects he photographs often look right into the lens. When this happens we become like a sort of witnesses of silent interrogation. And it is paradoxical – we too are interrogated. Sutkus has a rare gift, which only a few other photographers have: he is able to smoothly and naturally blend with environment. Children, young or old people, fellow artists, politicians, city, country… Often people look like they are waiting for something, or maybe just stopped for a second… It seems that they have stopped because of him, as if to share the moment of openness with this perfect, compassionate stranger.
William A. Ewing