Assembled by Michael Simon during his
research on Hungarian photography, this extensive collection of photographs documents the
development of the medium with a range of photographic processes and the history of the art
form in Hungary. Through photography the collection also documents Hungary's tumultuous
history over the course of almost 150 years.
Michael Simon, collector, art historian and photographer, was born in 1936 in Budapest,
Hungary. His father died during World War II, and he and his mother emigrated to the United
States in 1956. He studied at the Technical University of Budapest and Pennsylvania State
University. Michael Simon married his wife, Carol in 1961. Simon worked in advertising as an
editorial photographer before accepting a position as professor of art at Beloit College,
Wisconsin, in 1968 where he taught courses on photography. Simon then earned his Masters of
Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and eventually became chairman of the
department of Art & Art History at Beloit. During a sabbatical from Beloit College in
1977, Simon began his project to comprehensively research the history of Hungarian
photography. He interviewed photographers and visited many libraries and museum collections,
nationally and internationally. Over 25 years, his research resulted in a significant
collection of photographs by Hungarian photographers. Often the photographs were gifts from
an artist or an institution. Simon's research culminated in the publication of his book,
Összehasonltó Magyar Fotótörténet.
29.3 Linear Feet
(38 boxes, 1 flat-file folder)
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