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Mari Mahr

Born 1941

Mari Mahr was born in Santiago, Chile whence her parents had moved to from Hungary to avoid Nazi persecution. After the war they returned to Budapest where she was educated, eventually enrolling at the School of Journalism after which she became a press photographer at the Cultural Department of the Hungarian News Agency. In 1972 she moved to London, where she still lives, and studied for a degree in Photographic Arts at the Polytechnic of Central London.

Her subsequent work ceased to be journalistic or documentary and became autobiographical, dealing with memories and depicting places, artifacts, architectural details (her father had been an architect), creating metaphors pertaining to elements in her personal history and that of her wider family. The exhibitions and published books of her work, however, relate to universal human concerns and invite the viewer’s participation and personal reflection.

In 1981 she received a Greater London Arts Association Award and in 1989 the prestigious Fox Talbot Award at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in Bradford.

Mahr’s photographs have been exhibited frequently and widely over the past fifty years; this includes over eighty solo shows in thirteen different countries. The list of major public art collections which have acquired her work is similarly extensive.


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