László Moholy-Nagy (born László Weisz; July 20, 1895 - November 24, 1946) was a Hungarian painter and photographer who was an integral member of the Bauhaus school in both Weimar and Dessau, Germany. A strong advocate for the integration of technology and industry into the arts, Moholy-Nagy incorporated his constructivist and Dadaist influences into his career as a professor at both the Bauhaus school and the School of Design in Chicago, Illinois.
From 1923 to 1928 he was the founder and director of the photographic department of the Bauhaus. As the Nazi regime took hold of Germany, the Bauhaus was closed after being painted by the regime as the center of communist intellectualism and Jewish influence. Moholy-Nagy was forced to flee Germany in 1935, settling in Chicago in 1937. In 1939 he founded the School of Design which survives today as part of the Illinois Institute of Technology. Moholy-Nagy became an American citizen in April of 1946, and died in November of that year of Leukemia.