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Harrison E. Salisbury, The New York Times Book Review
Inge Morath possesses the priceless quality of making the world look as though it had been discovered only this morning.
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Inge Morath (1923-2002) was born in Graz, Austria, and grew up in Germany. Her photographic career started in 1953 when she joined Magnum Photos as an assistant to Henri Cartier-Bresson. At Magnum she worked closely with Robert Capa and soon became known for her portraits of artists at work and for her images of the European and Asian landscapes. In addition to being the recipient of numerous photographic awards, Morath published many books, including some in collaboration with her husband,... read more
The final-and most heartfelt-project by one of the greatest women photographers of all time. Fulfilling a long-held dream to discover the lands of her ancestors, Inge Morath traveled to the borderlands of Styria and Slovenia in 2001, camera in hand. This lovely mountainous region, once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, had become the faultline between two conflicting ideologies after World War II and until 1991, when attempts at rapprochement lead to tragedy on both sides of the border.
Morath tried to capture not only the way of life in this divided land, but also to promote reconciliation between two war-torn peoples who share more than just a border. These nearly three hundred photographs depict images of joy and sorrow, youth and age, bucolic splendor and numbing ugliness. Poignant, nostalgic, often comical and always humane, these photographs depict countless examples of the paradoxes and challenges of life in a world marked by war and poverty. They remind us of the eloquence of Morath's work, her celebration of the human spirit, and her deep understanding that history is made up of small as well as large moments.