Vitas Luckus: The Prince of Obscurity is the name of a photo exhibition at a Toronto gallery displaying work of one of Lithuania's edgiest photographers.

Charlotte Hale, the owner of the gallery, says she discovered Luckus in the late 1990s when she was given a book of the Lithuanian photographer's work.

“His photos were honest and instantly compelling,” she tells The Globe and Mail.

Luckus is considered the beginner of conceptual photography in Lithuania. Ignored by Soviet critics, he became notorious as much for his edgy work as for his personal life. He died in 1987 after committing murder and then killing himself.

The relationship of Luckus and his muse and now widow Tanya Aldag is the subject of a recent documentary, Master and Tatyana.

“They were the John and Yoko of Lithuania,” says Hale.

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