The László Kondor Photograph Collection and oral history interview

László Kondor served as Mayor Richard J. Daley’s official photographer from 1972 to 1976.

Richard J. Daley, photographer László Kondor (on left), and others during a Fishing Derby,

Richard J. Daley, photographer László Kondor (on left), and others during a Fishing Derby, ca. 1970s. MSLASZ13_0003_0010_001

In 2013, Kondor donated about 600 photographs, 600 slides, and 3,000 negatives from those years to the University Library. A sample of the images has already been digitized. You can see them here at the Remembering Richard J. Daley online exhibit.

Official portrait of Mayor Richard J. Daley.

Official portrait of Mayor Richard J. Daley. Photo: László Kondor. MSLASZ13_0002_0010_034

The other photographs are available in the Special Collections and University Archives reading room at the Richard J. Daley Library in Chicago. You can read the  online archival finding aid (inventory listing) for the László Kondor Photograph Collection and Ask a Librarian to make an appointment to see them in person.

Also in 2013, Kondor generously gave his time to do an oral history interview. He discussed his career in photography, his experiences growing up in Hungary and leaving in the wake of the 1956 uprising and what it was like working with Mayor Daley. Read a transcript of Kondor’s interview [PDF]. Audio excerpts from that interview are found in the online exhibit as well.