LRT and MO Museum bring you a series of videos presenting key Lithuanian photographers.
All her life, Irena Giedraitienė was balancing a career as an engineer and a passion for photography.
Although conditions were not great for women photographers during the Soviet era, the artist won recognition.
In 1970, she became a member of the Lithuanian Photography Art Society, and in 2014, she was awarded honorary membership in the Lithuanian Photographers Association.
Giedraitienė's work focuses on expressions of human experience, personality and human relations.
Her images from the 1956 Spartakiad of Nations in Moscow balance between modern art photography and photography for a personal album.
Giedraitienė went to the Spartakiad as a participant, but due to illness she had to take on the role of photographer.
This series is both a documentation of a Soviet ideological celebration and a reflection of real life and authentic human relationships.
The impressive crowd of gymnasts lined up in orderly rows is reminiscent of military processions or a geometric work of art.
The series Wedding Evening was well received by Antanas Sutkus and Romualdas Rakauskas. The prominent photographers predicted great success.
This was confirmed by Giedraitienė's most notable international achievement – she won the Golden Eye award of the World Press Photo in 1975.
When photographing weddings, Giedraitienė sought to reconcile the expectations of the wedding party and her own artistic self-expression.
Photographs by Irena Giedraitienė are on display at MO Museum in the exhibition Celebrate for Change.