Katalin Nádor (Budapest, 1938 – Pécs, 2018) was a photographer based in Pécs. She studied in the city of Bonyhád, then worked as a museum photographer between 1961 and the 1990s in the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs. Her practice embraced her museum duties – documenting exhibition openings, archival works, studio visits, and realizing artwork reproductions – as well as a cooperation with the Pécs Workshop, which inspired her to experiment and develop a consistent abstract body of works that resonates with the oeuvre of László Moholy-Nagy, György Kepes and Tihamér Gyarmathy.
During the 1970’s, she worked closely together with the Pécs Workshop and documented numerous performance, photo-actions and concept pieces of the group. She authored the photographs of Ferenc Ficzek’s Shadow Exchange, Károly Hopp-Halász’s Private Broadcast, or Sándor Pinczehelyi’s Sickle and Hammer. Katalin Nádor also took part, together with the Pécs Workshop, in the demonstrative exhibition of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde in the Balatonboglár Chapel.
Katalin Nádor’s work is still largely unknown, mainly because of her modesty, the singular permeability between different categories of photography and because of her being stricly labelled as museum photographer.
2018 Bookmarks - Revisiting Hungarian Art of the 1960s and 1970s, The Vinyl Factory Soho, London
1970. Évezredek plasztikái [Plastic works through millenia], exhibition of Katalin Nádor’s artwork reproductions, Pécs, Ethnographic Museum, Budapest, Hungarian National Museum.
1972. July 10 – August 3: Balatonboglár, Chapel Exhibition, exhibition of the Pécs Workshop (Ferenc Ficzek, Károly Kismányoky, Ferenc Lantos, Sándor Pinczehelyi, Kálmán Szijártó, Katalin Nádor) and István Haraszty’s kinetic sculptures.