„The book Vitas Luckus. Biografija. Kūryba (Vitas Luckus. Biography. Work.) has won the main prize in the book art contest Vilnius’2014“
In 2014 the printers KOPA accepted a challenge to print the book Vitas Luckus. Biografija. Kūryba – a two volume (three book) monograph of one of the most significant Lithuanian photographers of the second half of the 20th century, Vitas Luckus. Today, the nineteenth of February 2015, this publication won the main Annual Prize in the book art contest Vilnius’2014.
I believe that to some extent I have managed to figure out that one can view photography as an abstract natural phenomenon, despite its documentary nature. I would like to exalt press photography, passport photography, documentary photography, I don't want to denigrate happening photography, whether it is kitsch, photography on ceramics, on medallions. The most important thing is that it is photography, which I understand as a part of the mozartian feeling. All streams and spheres are interesting. It doesn't mater which one You choose, What maters is how and with what talent You approach it, and it is not the number of work hours that make up the whole, but but expression of the experience of that unfathomable dreamlike state, so that photography begins to sound like music.
The monograph Vitas Luckus. Biografija. Kūryba is a comprehensive study of the photographer’s creative legacy, which presents the whole spectrum of this original creative artist’s ideas and output and reveals the author as a cultural phenomenon to readers in Lithuania and abroad for the first time. These revelations of cultural studies and personal history fundamentally alter the outlook on the cultural processes of photography in the Soviet era.
Vitas Luckus (1943–1987) was a person of the modern era with a reformer’s spirit and a prophet’s destiny. This artist was one of the first in the Soviet Union to make a bridge to post-modernism, using his avant-garde creativity to widen the aesthetic limits that had dominated the Lithuanian school of photography. In this publication, the artistic works of Luckus are accompanied by the author’s captions, letters and documents. Reminiscences by the photographer’s near ones, friends and colleagues about his work, his favourite activities and his tragic fate as well as some incisive comments by art critics bring alive this charismatic character’s portrait and lay open his cultural panorama. According to Tatjana Luckienė-Aldag, who took care of the photographer’s archive, it was important not just to compile all the information held, but to present it in such a way that people would understand Vitas’s ideas and feel his spirit.
Created by: Margarita Matulytė ir Tatjana Luckienė-Aldag
Published by: Lietuvos fotomenininkų sąjungos Kauno skyrius, Lietuvos dailės muziejus
Printing house: KOPA
Design: Jurgis Griškevičius
Technical information about the publication:
„Vitas Luckus. Work.“, 2014 m., 564 p., paper: Arctic Paper Artic Volume Ivory 150 g/m; Arctic Paper munken Pure Rought 120 g/m. Edition of 900 egz.
„Vitas Luckus. Biography.“, 2014 m., 240 p., paper: Arctic Paper munken Pure Rought 120 g/m. Edition of 600 egz.