Antanas Sutkus (b. 1939) is the «father» of Lithuanian photography, founder of the Lithuanian Photographic Art Society, who played a massive role in the international recognition of the Lithuanian school of photography, holder of many awards and titles. His original handwriting is distinguished by psychologism, restrained expression, the accuracy of social characteristics. The author’s works are expressive and well recognizable.
Sutkus was born in the Kluoniskiai village of Kaunas region of Lithuania on June 27, 1939 From 1958 to 1964 studied journalism at Vilnius State University from 1959 to 1969 worked as a photojournalist for the weekly newspaper Literatūra ir menas (Literature and Art) and the magazine Tarybinė moteris (Soviet Woman). In 1968 the photographer initiated the Lithuanian Photo Art Society, for five years from the moment of its foundation; he was the chairman of the organizing committee of the Society, and from 1980 to 1989 — the chairman of the Society. Throughout his photographic career, Sutkus has had more than two hundred personal exhibitions in Lithuania, France, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, the USA, Brazil and other countries. In 2001-2002, he received a scholarship from the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation (Sweden) for «Documentation and conservation of the Antanas Sutkus photo archive». In 2009, the Antanas Sutkus Photographic Archive was established.