Algimantas Maldutis was born in 1955 in Kaunas. He did not focus on developing a particular theme, did not create extended series or cycles, but his oeuvre had been punctuated by the motif of solitude, decay, and longing. His subject, photographic object and means of expression were similar to those of the generation of “social landscape” that formed in the eighties and was represented by such photographers as Algirdas Šeškus, Alfonsas Budvytis, Gintaras Zinkevičius, Remigijus Pačėsa, Vytautas Balčytis and others. Opposing the so-called school of Lithuanian photography, the young generation intentionally demolished generally accepted principles of composition and expression, opted for laconic language, and raised different aesthetic demands from the established masters of photography. Maldutis replaced the so-familiar pillar-type and simple crosses at the roadsides with utility posts and basketball boards or other unworthy of attention objects. “I could not capture the countryside, meadows or rural festivals, cause I am not a countryman. I grew up on the pavement, I am a child of concrete, I tried to capture my milieu, to convey my feelings,” says the artist.
Text by Ieva Meilutė-Svinkūnienė.