Dream in the Forest

“Photographer Ata Kandó came from a family of intellectuals. She trained at the Bortnyik School, a private art school in Budapest where she met her first husband, the painter Gyula Kandó. After completing her training, she became an apprentice with the photographers Klara Wachter and Haar Ferenc.”

Ata completed the photo book Dream in the Forest in 1957. The book which featured playful images of her children in fairytale-inspired compositions. The book also included text by her then 14-year old son Tom Kandó.

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6 Responses to Dream in the Forest

  1. sizetoosmall says:

    um, her work is really beautiful. geez.

  2. Love these – especially the one with the tire tube. Kind of reminds me of Sally Mann’s work – you would probably enjoy that if you aren’t already familiar. Haunting….

  3. Hi, I’ve reblogged this post as it has relevance to the themes in my newly begun blogging enterprise. Many thanks for a lovely reference.

  4. Dani says:

    Thank you for making this lovely homage to my grandmother. She’s celebrating her 99th bday this autumn and is still brilliant, hilarious, and going strong. If you enjoy “Dream in the Wood,” you should read more about her – her life has been unbelievably cool. Along with using my father and his sisters in many of her books of the 50s, she worked for Vogue, lived in the Amazon jungle, taught photography in the Netherlands for many years, and later moved to the US, where she photographed the great natural splendor of the National Parks. Her book, “The Living Other,” which she produced after her 90th birthday, showcases her devotion to animals – a cause she supported after photographing the atrocities she saw while riding on whaling ships in South America. I’m biased, because she’s dear to me, but she truly is an incredible woman and I’d urge anyone reading this to look at her amazing photography.

    • wolfeyebrows says:

      Thanks for getting in touch Dani. I’m glad to hear that your grandmother is alive and doing well. Her photography is truly exceptional. It sounds like she had an amazing life. I will definitely check out “The Living Other”, it sounds like a fascinating book.

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