Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir in the dunes of the Curonian Spit

Antanas Sutkus’s 70 photographs were taken during the visit in Lithuania of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir during the summer of 1965.
At the time no foreigner could go into the territory of the Curonian Spit, the young Lithuanian photographer captured the exceptional visit of the French intellectuals couple (accompanied by the writers Mykolas Sluckis and Eduardas Mieželaitis) on this World Heritage site inscribed on the List in 2000.
It is on this narrow peninsula of sand dunes, 98 km long and from 0.4 to 4 km wide, under the influence of winds and tides, that Antanas Sutkus took the famous picture "Jean-Paul Sartre fighting with the wind in the dunes of the Curonian Spit" headline the French newspaper “Libération” the day of death of the philosopher and writer (15 April 1980).

“People of Lithuania” is the main work of the of international renown Lithuanian photographer. Begun in 1976, it is a series of black and white portraits of ordinary people, captured in their daily lives.
Antanas Sutkus is the co-founder of the Society of artistic photography and was its President for nine years. Since 1996 he chairs the National Union of photographers.

This exhibition is presented on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention of UNESCO.



Type of Event Exhibition
Start 03.12.2012 09:00 local time
End 07.12.2012 16:30 local time
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