From the moment she began taking pictures, Inge Morath’s work was characterized by a desire to travel; her photographic oeuvre is dominated by a series of travelogues that capture the spirit of their subject-matter.
Although Morath is an image journalist – a photo reporter in the classic sense – she brings to her work an extra dimension, something that defies description and is rather to be felt in the atmosphere. Morath’s photographic images are documents, witnesses of certain processes and events, and are factual proof of, and commentaries on, the “here and now”. As such, they pertain to a real sense of photo realism. Yet she is an author inclined toward a subjectively descriptive creativity. The inductive tension felt in her images effects more than mere registration in the viewer. It opens a full field of freedom for the individual’s imagination, prompting the viewer to ponder and imagine things beyond the immediately visible.