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Ferenc Berko collection

Identifier: AG 115

Scope and Contents

The Ferenc Berko collection is contained in seven folders housed in two boxes. In folder one are 6-undated proof prints. In folder two there is the Early Images Portfolio 1 which contains 12 black and white postcards. Folder three contains two photocopies of the book Ferenc Berko- A Lifetime With a Camera from 1986. Folder four has an article about Berko’s feather photographs from an unidentified journal, a typed biography, two press releases for exhibitions. Folder five houses a 1950 original essay titled “South Indian Bronzes,” while folder 5a contains a photocopy of the previously stated essay as well as photocopies of two publications in French. Box two contains the Ferenc Berko 2012 calendar.


  • 1950, 1980, 1986, 2012


Language of Materials

Material in English French

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions of the photographs are not permitted. Other restrictions may apply. See the Archivist for information.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

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Biographical Note

Ferenc Berko was born in 1916 in Hungary and moved to German in 1921 where he remained until 1932. There he developed a passion for photography, inspired by the Bauhaus movement, and later moved to both London and Paris to concentrate exclusively on the art of photography. From 1938-1947 he became the documentary film director for the British Army in India where he opened the Berko Studio specializing in portraiture. In 1947 he moved for two years to Chicago to teach photography at the Chicago Institute of Art. Shortly after, he left for Aspen, Colorado, where he lived until his death in 2000. Berko is well known for being a pioneer of color photography.


2 Boxes (Fraction of a linear foot)

Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


This collection contains information pertaining to the life and career of Ferenc Berko (1916- 2000), photographer. Materials include 6 undated proof prints, 12 black and white postcards from his Early Images, Portfolio 1 (undated), and miscellaneous biographical information including photocopies of publications about Berko.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ferenc Berko, 1986.

Gift of Ferenc Berko Archive, 2012.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan in May 2016 and by Tai Huesgen in November 2020.

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Repository Details

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