Lithuanian Village Markets, 1974, Kaunas Veterinary Clinics, 1976
Aleksandras Macijauskas belongs to the generation of photographers who created what later came to be known as the Lithuanian School of Photography. Macijauskas remains one of the leading artists shaping the life of artistic photography in Kaunas. He brings the experience of rural life from his childhood, which helped him create his most memorable works.
The series Lithuanian Village Markets reveals the interchangeability of humans and animals in a particularly effective way. Pens stuffed with cows and trucks full of calves serve as Aesopian references to animal railcars and their use in deporting thousands of people to Siberian exile. The drastic actions taken by veterinarians in the series Kaunas Veterinary Clinics, and images of suffering animals and newborn calves lying in streams of blood, convey the drama inherent in the animal industry. In one photograph, a horse drags a dead cow, covered in hay, along the ground. Macijauskas says that, as he captured his images, he never tried to guess who was more animalistic: cows or people?