Loretta Lux

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Loretta Lux
EducationAcademy of Visual Arts
Known forPhotography
Awards2005 Infinity Award for Art, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Loretta Lux (born 1969) is a fine art photographer known for her surreal portraits of young children. She lives and works in Ireland.

Lux has received the Infinity Award for Art from the International Center of Photography. Her work is held in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Art Institute of Chicago and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Life and work[edit]

Lux was born in Dresden, East Germany. She graduated from the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich in the 1990s, and debuted at the Yossi Milo gallery, New York City in 2004.

Lux executes her compositions using a combination of photography, painting and digital manipulation. Her work usually features young children. She trained as a painter at Munich Academy of Art, and is influenced by painters such as Agnolo Bronzino, Diego Velázquez, Phillip Otto Runge.

In her essay, Francine Prose suggests that seeds of her East German upbringing are found in Lux's photographs. "... during Lux's childhood, the state channeled reality through the upbeat fantasy of Socialist realism. This was a society in which the cult of secrecy and surveillance was a daily reality.[1]



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  1. ^ Lux, Loretta (2005). Loretta Lux. Aperture. p. 11. ISBN 1931788545.
  2. ^ "2005 Loretta Lux - International Center Of Photography". Web.archive.org. 28 September 2007. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Artist - Lux". Guggenheim Collection. Archived from the original on 2006-10-03. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
  4. ^ "Exhibitions • MOCA". The Museum of Contemporary Art. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Collection - Museum of Contemporary Photography". Mocp.org. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  6. ^ "The waiting girl, (2006) by Loretta Lux :: The Collection :: Art Gallery NSW". Artgallery.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 27 March 2019.

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