Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

BIOGRAPHY

1895-1946


Seminal to the Bauhaus movement, Hungarian László Moholy-Nagy developed a rigorous intellectual approach to his work, a dialectic of space and light, which he observed as similar substances, and put into practice through diverse disciplines.  He discovered camera-less photography in 1922 and infused it with a cinematic sense of “superimposition” influenced by constructivism.  Photograms by Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy, who integrated the words telegram and photograph, appeared together in 1923.  He immigrated to America with his mother and painted while recuperating from war injuries.  Decades later he founded the Chicago Institute of Design.  His work can be found at the Ludwig Museum and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.