Algirdas Seskus was born in Lithuania in 1945. During the 30 years he spent working as a cameraman on a Soviet TV and radio channel, Seskus cultivated a broad and diverse approach to photography. Rather than follow specific themes or concepts, he chose the aesthetics of amateurism instead. This strategy enabled him to find a balance between the underground and official Soviet art scene, between collectivism and individualism. His work has influenced many photographers from the former Soviet Union, including Boris Mikhailov, Alfonsas Budvytis, Vytautas Balcytis, Remigijus Pacesa and Gintaras Zinkevicius. In 2010 he was the subject of a major retrospective at the National Art Gallery of Lithuania.

Art critic Lev Anninsky describes Seskus as rebel against romantic photography. He describes himself as a ‘provincial with a camera’, a man from the sticks who has come to a seaside resort or a big city. His photographs are indistinct, blurred, messy compositions; toneless, soft, reduced images with unexciting content. Seskus does not give his photographs titles or indicate where and when they were taken. He proclaims that photography has to be taken back to its origins: to the moment of deciding ‘when the very act of photography becomes an object of art’.

In recent years he has published three volumes of his little known photographic archives from the1970s, including ‘Green Bridge’, 2009 and ‘Archive’ (Pohulianka), 2010. His latest book, ‘Lyrics of Love’, is a profound statement against modern indifference and alienation. Its content is primarily emotional and its images are light, intimate and warm, from a country that no longer seems to exist.

Selected exhibitions:

1980
Debut exhibition at the Lithuanian Society of Art Photography, Vilnius Photography Gallery, Vilnius

1983
Raimundas Slizys and Algirdas Seskus painting and photography exhibition, Vilnius Photography Gallery, Vilnius

1984
Alfonsas Budvytis and Algirdas Seskus photographic cycle ‘Portraits of State Russian Drama Theatre actors, directors, composers and painters’, Lithuanian Artists Palace, Vilnius

2008 Photographic cycle ‘Drazdauskait , Budvytis and me’; expositions ‘Lithuanian new arts
Photography’ in the exhibition ‘Test: 11 vs 1’ (curator Margarita Matulyt), Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

2010 Exhibition of 1975–1983 photographs and graphics ‘Archives (Pohulianka)’ (curator Margarita Matulyt ), National Art Gallery, Vilnius

2012 Photography exhibition ‘Love Lyrics’ (curators Algirdas Seskus and Malvina Jelinskait ), White Space Gallery, London

2013 Photographs of 55th Venice contemporary art Biennale in Lithuanian and Cyprus national pavilions project ‘oO’ (curator Raimundas Malasauskas), Venice Sports Palace, ‘Giobatta Gianquinto,’ Venice; photographs in the Lithuanian photography exhibition ‘Catalogue of generations. Daily life’ (curator Gintaras esonis), Georgian National Museum, Tbilisi; photography exhibition (curators Algirdas Seskus and Malvina Jelinskait), Kaunas Photography Gallery, Kaunas; Variations in Shades of Grey – Le Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse