Karin Szekessy was born in Germany in 1939 where she continues to live and work.
Szekessy stages scenes that feature nudes or still life compositions, which evoke the era of the Flemish schools of painting and the Old French Masters but utilize contemporary resources and viewpoints. She then photographs these tableaux creating arresting visual works.
She gained international renown first through her pictures of dolls. Following that for her unique style of nude photography that featured only daylight in dark interiors, long exposure times and extremely wide-angle lenses. Originally working only in black and white, she later revived the old heliographic printing process.
Szekessy worked as a press photographer for Kristall magazine from 1960-1966. Afterwards, she spent three years teaching fashion photography at the Hamburg Academy of Art. In the early 1980s she shot approximately 300 book coves for the Ullstein Detective Stories. Her work has been exhibited in Germany and the United States.
Her husband, the late artist Paul Wunderlich, frequently used Szekessy’s photographs to spark his fantastic and erotic paintings, and in turn also inspired her work – a creative exchange which culminated in their collaborative book Correspondences / Transpositions.