was born in Hungary under Communist rule. One day, while I was
in kindergarten, my mother left with no warning and crossed to
the West to start a new life. My sister and I were raised by
our grandparents and didn't know if or when we'd see our mother
again. My memories of Hungary include watching Russian soldiers
patrol the streets, singing Communist ballads in school and admiring
the older children and their red scarves as they marched in parades.
I was ten and a half, my sister and I joined my mother in West
Germany. East/West tensions ran high and there was great pressure
to "fit in" quickly. For the first time we enjoyed
the freedom to travel and I visited France, Spain, Italy, Yugoslavia,
the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland and England.
I had been given a camera for my twelfth birthday and I took
it everywhere documenting my travels, my experiences and my journeys.
I was eighteen I made the first of three extended visits to the
United States and then I packed my clothes and books into a trunk,
bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles and made America my home.
I bought a Leica and my first Canon and continued to travel,
exploring the United States, Mexico and Canada and photographing
anything and everything that inspired me.
lived in different political, economic and social environments,
I have a heightened sensitivity to the wide variety of human
experiences. I also have a strong belief that as much as our
circumstances and experiences are unique and one-of-a-kind, we
also have so very much in common with each other. It is these
unique yet common emotions that inspire me and these are the
moments that I set out to capture on film.
is my story. I am a storyteller and I use documentary and lifestyle
photography to create, to tell a story, to touch my audience
and to have an impact on my world.