Sylvia Plachy: The Hungarian Connection

Oct. 18, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Sylvia Plachy was born in Budapest and fled as a refugee at age thirteen to Austria after the Hungarian revolution in 1956 before moving to the US two years later. Her photo essays and portraits have appeared in The New York Times, New Yorker, and Fortune, and she was staff photographer at the Village Voice. She has had six books of her work published and is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and other institutions. Her compatriot, the legendary photographer André Kertész, was a friend and mentor and Plachy is often called his artistic heir for her poetic street photography.

This exhibition is part of a suite of four exhibitions collectively entitled Art of Hungary, which is made possible by the Museum’s Exhibition Leadership Fund with major support generously provided by the Estate of Ruth Feigl, Jody H. & Martin Grass, Dalia & Duane Stiller, Lisette Model Foundation, Nancy G. Brinker, Quinnipiac University’s Central European Institute, the Hungary Initiatives Foundation, and the Museum’s Friends Auxiliary.


The Hungary Initiatives Foundation
Quinnipiac Central European Institute


Sylvia Plachy, Brother Bela and His Dog, 1993.

Sylvia Plachy, Brother Bela and His Dog, 1993.