LAWLES AVANTGARDE, 1971/2012 photograph, giclée print 80×60 cm

Sign and Its Shadow –The Art of László Haris

As part of Hungart Association's book series on the works of visual artists a volume on László Haris has been published. The two language (Hungarian/English) book has been compiled by Ernő P. Szabó.

"The picture is born when the shutter is released, but has existed since time immemorial; it exists without the photographer finding it. I am wandering in the picture."
László Haris

"Most certainly the right path for an artist is seeking the right path", said photographic artist László Haris (1943). A Rudolf Balogh Award-winning artist has always been one seeking new and exciting things and removing the boundaries between borderlands. It is no accident that his name rings bells in Hungary in fine art as it does in photographic art, and in fact for decades he was better known in the fine arts.
His carreer followed an unconventional path in photographic art from the very beginning. His pictures, which stand on and often even cross the borders of fine, photographic and cinematic arts, usually the macroscopic enlargements of a tiny fracture of reality. In 1969 he took part is the Szürenon Exhibition and joined the Hungarian avant-garde. At the beginning of the 1970's he was among the displayers of Szürenon and of the chapel exhibitions at Balatonboglár, which caused storms in culture politics in Socialist Hungary. His individual and collective actions aimed at conveying a philosophical message. His action entitled Sign and Shadow took place in 1975. In the same year he made a series of photos entitled 1975. VI. 5. and consisting of 480 pieces (now in the collection of Hungarian National Gallery). He got acquainted with the technique of animation. He took part in the making of several films as a photographer and then as animator. He worked out the a method of photo-animation, which was first applied in István Orosz's film entitled Ah, America. He has usually worked with fine artists. Between 1982 and 2000 he made the photographic parts of cultural and political posters with his graphic artist friends (Ducki Krzysztof, Mária Horváth, István Orosz, Péter Pócs). After 1996 he photographed details of paintings and made large digital printouts. In recent years he has been creating panorama pictures, which are made by a rotating digital camera taking 24 shots and these shots make up the 360 degree circular panorama image.
The secret of the birth of these pictures and their effect on the viewer clearly lies in the curious, captivating personality called László Haris.

(P. Szabó, Ernő: Haris László. HUNGART, Debrecen, 2013, p. 124)

Hungart has been publishing a two language (English-Hungarian) series of minor monographs on the works of contemporary fine, applied and photographic artists with five volumes a year since 2009. The 23 minor monographs published so far has filled the blanks in the profession of visual art and the Hungarian market of art-related books. This series contributes to the documentation of contemporary Hungarian art, the saving of the artistic values and the spreading of it at home and abroad.
The volumes published in 2013 has been supported by MMA and are written on Péter Földi, Ritta Hager, László Haris, András M. Novák and György Szemadám, all of whom are members of MMA.
Previously part of the series were volumes presenting fine artists Ilona Lovas, Péter Stefanovits and Tamás Szabó as well as photographers András Balla and György Tóth.
December 17, 2013