György Kepes was a painter, designer, educator and art theorist.
He is an unsung hero of design. He was born in 1906 he studied painting in Budapest, then moved to filmmaking after his graduation. In 1930 he moved to Berlin to work with Maholy-Nagy who was a key experimenter in light and moving imagery. They left Germany and ended up in Chicago where they founded an arts school. After leaving Chicago Kepes ended up in 1943 teaching at Brooklyn College and then published “The language of vision”.
He then moved to M.I.T where he refined his art and the way he thought about art. He conducted experiments and produced exquisitely composed and technically ingenious photographs, photo collages and photograms. Kepes focused his attention on the effects of the light and the objects.
His work and his texts on architecture and light are inspiring:
“In 1967, Gyorgy Kepes wrote: The application of light to clarify and inform architectural spaces and complex cityscapes is not yet a discipline…. We know how to make illumination both adequate and comfortable. This has been the goal of illumination engineers who have learned all that physiology and physics can teach them concerning both natural and artificial lighting. But architects and planners realize that there are immense opportunities in lighting, and they demand more than just comfort and amplitude. “ (Light: The Shape of Space: Designing with Space & Light, Lou Michel, P.xv)