Photographers started taking a step away from reality at the very beginning of the Sixties. This was a direct response to things happening in society: alienation on the rise, the relative stability of the Fifites, the icy grip of the Cold War. This led to upheavals in music and arts at the beginning of this decade.
Szász was at the forefront of this push in photography, reducing his environment (even human forms) to pattern, to compositional elements. This step away from the particular, the human, the individual was a huge topic of the times, and Szász is regarded as a true pioneer, starting this process as early on as 1958 in the depth of a very snowy winter.
„His images are shattered splinters of reality: at times you see dancing couples who are dissolved in dark and light specks of colour, only to find each other in the next embrace; at times children throw shadows at the basketball court so long that it seems as if it were giants jostling for the ball.” (Weltkunst Magazine, DE)