Sylvia Plachy was born in Budapest during World War II. Fleeing Hungary with her parents after the 1956 Revolution, she has been living in New York for most of her adult life.
An award-winning photographer, her photographs are in many private collections and museums, such as the MoMA in New York City, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the High Museum of Atlanta and the Bibliotheque nationale de France.
She is known in New York City for her 30 years tenure staff photographer for the Village Voice. Her weekly column, UNGUIDED TOUR became the title of her first book, which won ICP’s Infinity Award in 1990.Her other awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a CAPS grant, the Dr.-Erich-Salomon-Preis for lifetime achievement in photojournalism, and the Lucie Award.She has had one-woman shows at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris, the Queens Museum, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and at galleries in Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Berlin, Manchester, Atlanta, Ljubljana, Tokyo, Cluj-Napoca, Charlottesville, Los Angeles and New York City.
She has had features and photo essays published in magazines and newspapers around the world including Vogue, The New York Times, Metropolis Magazine and The New Yorker. Books: Unguided Tour, Red Light, Out of the Corner of My Eye, Goings on About Town, Signs & Relics and Self Portrait with Cows Going Home. Sylvia is married to retired history teacher, Elliot Brody, and is the mother of actor, Adrien Brody.