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Sony World Photography Awards

Attributed Portraits

13 October
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12 November
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Mandur László emlékkiállítás

10.15
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10.10
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Évek és képek

10.07.
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10.30.
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Posztamentum

10.12.
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11.01.
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Retinába égett emlékek 

10.07.
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10.31.
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Forgotten Feelings?

10.03.
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11.29.
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Location Scouting

09.13.
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09.25.
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Arcmások

09.17.
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10.07.
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A vörös sziklák és sivatagok földje: Ausztrália

09.25.
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Közterek (2016–2020)

09.13.
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10.14.
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Light Therapy

With his first solo show at Mai Manó House and at an arts institution, photographer Zoltán Tombor offers a comprehensive overview of his work in recent years. It was in November 2019 that the artist moved back from New York City, where he had lived and worked since 2011. Known for twenty years as a fashion photographer, he is now featured at the exhibition, Light Therapy as an autonomous creator.

On the first floor, we present a selection from the series that was inspired by the year 2020. While creating this original material, the artist examined such feelings as isolation, confinement and uncertainty, studied the effects of lacking a vision of the future and often conflicting emotions. He cannot, nor does he wish to, offer answers or solutions to his questions: what are the things in our current lives that we can do without, and what is irreplaceable? What are the things in this new situation that have real value? The series is a quiet meditation, occasioned by the unexpected episode that was 2020, with the artist looking for himself in the upheaval.

Presented on the second floor is a selection from five years of editorial work, made mostly in New York City. This material reveals a salient connection between Tombor’s applied and original art. The images in this selection were published in prestigious magazines, like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, The New York Times Style, and The Last Magazine, with such celebrities among the models as Shirin Neshat, Alicia Keys and Francesco Clemente.

Zoltán Tombor (1973) lives and works in Budapest. A self-taught photographer, he learnt the essentials in his teens, and has been a professional since 1995. Starting his career in Hungary, in 2003 he moved to Milan, working mostly on fashion, advertising and portrait commissions. In 2011 he relocated to New York City, photographing fashion for major magazines. In 2015 he launched his own annual publication, Supernation, which features his fashion and documentarian series. He is a member of the Association of Hungarian Photographers, the Hungarian Press Association, the International Center of Photography, New York, and the Professional Photographers of America. His most recent exhibition in Hungary, Homeward, was on view at Societé Budapest in 2019.

Open to the public:
31 August 2021, 6pm. – 3 October 2021
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 – 19:00.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Curator: Zita Sárvári

08.31.
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10.03.
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EXITUS 3.1

08.03.
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08.14.
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Location Scouting

09.14.
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09.25.
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Csendéletek?

07.21.
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08.16.
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Madárének

07.16.
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Színház-Varázs

07.14.
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08.24.
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Másként gondolkodók

07.29.
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08.15.
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Szinopszis

As it opens its joint gallery with the Studio of Young Photographers, the  Association of Hungarian Photographers (est. 1956) answers a long-felt need for an exhibition space that is dedicated to its members.

Synopsis, the gallery’s first exhibition selects works from the first decade of the Studio of Young Photographers, which the Association established in 1977 and has maintained ever since. The first-generation creators of the Studio who are featured at the display are by now multi-award-winning artists of the Association, key figures of Hungarian contemporary photography. The exhibiting artists are Sándor Apáti-Tóth, András Balla, András Bánkuti, Imre Benkő, Gábor Fejér, Péter Horváth, Antal Jokesz, Ferenc Kanyó, Gábor Kerekes, György Stalter, János Szerencsés, László Tasnádi, Péter Tímár, György Tóth, Attila Vécsy, and Magdolna Vékás.

Curators: Péter Baki and Viktória Balogh

06.28.
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07.24.
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Az én arcom

07.03.
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08.28.
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Unknown

07.09.
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08.31.
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Cirkusz a függöny mögött

07.06.
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07.25.
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Egy pokoli színjáték díszletei

07.15.
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08.28.
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Csendéletek?

06.17.
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07.17.
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Duplex, triplex

06.16.
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06.30.
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Der Plan.

06.15.
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08.15.
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Posztamentum

06.14.
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07.08.
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Emlékezet

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POST-SOVIET - The Photos of Lenke Szilágyi 1990–2002

For more than a decade, photographer Lenke Szilágyi (who has also been working as a photo-archivist in the Archives for a number of years) has regularly traveled to the (former) Soviet Union, witnessing and documenting the fall of Communism and Post-Soviet realities not only in large centers like Moscow or St. Petersburg but also in the provinces (the Black Sea coast, the Volga region, Karelia, etc.). Her photos are sensitive imprints of an era of constant change and territory of eternal immutability. She depicts in her portraits the hopes and despairs of the time, while also adding her own witty commentaries in the diary entries accompanying the photos. This exhibition is the first major presentation of this collection.

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Lenke Szilágyi started her career as a documentarian of the Budapest underground in the 1980s: her unique portraits of legendary literary figures, artists, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and members of the democratic opposition and her sensitive photos of the everyday life of this scene made her one of the most important photographers of the period. In the mid-1980s, she began her travels all over the world; it was in 1990 that she first travelled to Moscow, on an assignment for the samizdat journal Beszélő to cover the Helsinki Conference. But she also documented a city that was at the time still the capital of the Soviet Union, which collapsed a year later.

   A year later, she spent four months in the crumbling country in the company of a Hungarian Bulgakov-scholar and his friends. They stayed in Sukhumi on the Black Sea coast, also travelling to conferences in St. Petersburg, Samara or Kyiv. She spent the last month of this sojourn on a voyage down the Volga and on the Black Sea. The photos she took during her voyage, again, focus more on the people and their immediate surroundings than on the sea or the majestic river with its colorful autumn landscapes.

   In 1993, the Georgian-Abkhazian war prevented Szilágyi and her friends from returning to Sukhumi, so they spent one month on the Russian coast of the Black Sea, in Gelendzhik, from where they travelled to the Crimea (then part of Ukraine), to St. Petersburg, and to Lake Ladoga in Karelia. Her lyrical reports (and the diary she kept during this journey) reflect her deep understanding of country life and of the local people, whether in sunny Crimea or in cold, northern Karelia. This sensitivity emerges clearly in her portraits of smoking youngsters or resting old women, too.

Szilágyi returned in 1996 to war-torn Sukhumi (under adventurous circumstances: using a fake passport), finding burnt-down houses, and hardly any of her former friends in the once charming city. In the following years she regularly traveled to Russia: she took a trip to Lake Baykal and Irkutsk in 2001 and spent a couple of weeks on the beach at Blagoveshchenskaya on the Black Sea in 2002. Wherever she went, she took photos that, to quote art critic András Bán, are “unique, and do not tolerate captions or comments… they are meaningful in themselves as if floating... ” Their compositional wit and sometimes their sheer strangeness capture the spontaneity of street scenes

Her scenes capture the peculiarities of the post-soviet era with a great sense of composition, light, and environment, showing a remarkable ability to communicate both humor and tragedy. The exhibition brings together photographs in both black and white and color, many of which were processed and developed by the artist herself at the time.

Curator: Katalin Székely

07.17.
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09.20.
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Exhibition by Zsolt Hamarits

07.21.
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08.09.
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Cuba - Ways

07.06.
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07.31.
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Exhibition by Wei Xiang

03.10.
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03.30.
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Kertek Berlin Neukölln

03.10.
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04.04.
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A kevesebb több - Breuer Marcell brutalizmusának minimalizmusa

03.10.
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Erdélyi Zenészek - Körmük alatt a nóta

03.12.
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04.09.
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Madárének

03.11.
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04.01.
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Idősíkok

03.03.
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04.04.
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Atlantisz

02.29.
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Unwanted Butterfly

03.04.
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04.05.
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Welcome

02.26.
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04.05.
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Visszapillantás (1964–2020)

02.23.
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04.19.
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Ég és föld találkozása a korszerű templomépítészetben, II. rész

02.21.
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Concrete Questions

02.18.
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03.12.
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Volt egyszer egy öblösüveggyár

02.19.
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03.09.
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FOW /Fog of War/

02.13.
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02.27.
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Fényterápia

02.12.
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03.16.
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A Leica on the Frontline

KOLTA Galeria proudly presents a master exhibition – KONDOR Laszlo; a Leica on the Frontline (Chicago 1968 –Vietnam1969-70) the photo exhibit opens with greetings by Katko Tamas, Art Director KOLTA Galeria and a conversation with the photographer will be moderated by Ditzendy Attila, Journalist.

 Hungarian born photographer Kondor Laszlo,having lived in the United States for the latter half of the 20th century, returning to Hungary after the fall of the iron curtain - is now 78.   This photographer has spent much of his professional life documenting world events from the US Vietnam War with its inevitable anti-war violence on the streets to the political halls of Chicago‘s Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976. ) Not a stranger to conflict, having survived and fled the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

 The Leica on the Frontline exhibition looks at Kondor’s response to the conflicts he witnessed. The trilogy of analog black and white images were createdin the late 1900s. The point of departure begins with a selection of work as a photojournalist in 1968 Chicago – The Whole World is Watching.  A counter-reactionis the work as a combat photographer in 1969 -1971 Vietnam – Bootson the Ground.  The finale - LifeGoes On includes images that reflect reality, lyrically with empathy and sensitivity for the Vietnamese civilians caught up in the conflict, such as the iconic image Saigon Street Orphan 1970. The exhibition’s 70 works include 20 from the permanent collection of the NVAM, National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.

 

Megan Owoc, NVAM Collectionand Gallery Coordinator:

“Laszlo Kondor’s photographs of the Vietnam War are essential to the National Veterans Art Museum’s permanent collection. Kondor’s photos capture the inexorable horrors andanxieties of wartime, as well as the enduring moments of camaraderie, empathy,and innocence of both the American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians. These important images illustrate, first hand, the moments that defined the experience of serving in Vietnam during the war, and that continue to shape the character of our country in the years since.”

 

Kondor rarely exhibited, the day-to-day pressure of creating photographs for the press, in publications, and in printmay explain why.  The photographer was either directly commissioned by one or another magazine or client to produce their photos, or his photo-reports from the front lines of the Vietnam war were published in newspapers. However, Kondor had an instinct to horde and carefully maintained an archive of work from his 35-year career. Today, retired and living in Kapolcs, Hungary, Kondor is revisiting his archives to select images that illuminate his life in photography.  

In September 2020, this exhibit will travel to the NVAM in Chicago with a corresponding documentary film - Out of a Darkroom, the Life of Kondor Laszlo by Endre Dozsa and the publication Kondor Laszlo, as I Saw It - Vietnam Era, edited by Mate Havasi.

01.31.
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03.06.
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Időszámításom szerint

01.31.
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03.07.
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Kék szemmel

12.11.
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01.17.
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Emlékszépek

12.05.
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LIFE/PICS

12.10.
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02.02.
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A celluloid-film 130 éve, egy fotótechnika-történész képzőművészeti reflexiói

11.21.
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12.14.
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Boldog órák szép emlékeképen

11.21.
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01.06.
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What has Remained - Of István Medgyaszay’s Buildings, After 100 Years

11.18.
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11.30.
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„az írás is Isten írása vala” 

11.05.
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11.29.
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Abstraction

10.24.
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11.13.
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Transylvanian Mosaic

10.29.
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11.22.
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Chapter – From an Oeuvre Exhibition

Ilona Nyilas’s photos comprise a rich and diverse set that spans decades and continents, and which is kept together and structured by a powerful element, the photographer herself, her subjectivity and mode of perception. Europe, America and Asia provide the stage of the pictures, with such points of thickening as London, Paris, Miami, Dubai, and Saigon. The thread that runs through the images is the photographer’s sensitivity, the keenness and surprising quality of her observations, the lyricism of her mode of perception. She captures moments the man in the street or a tourist would miss, because instead of the impressive views of a city or countryside, she trains her lens on unexpected events and moods that happen to unfold when she passes by.

11.04.
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11.17.
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a MAKK

11.07.
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12.01.
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Amikor leomlott a Berlini fal

11.09.
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12.06.
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Időutazás

10.08.
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11.08.
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Manuális műveletek

10.10.
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12.10.
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Törékeny fény

09.30.
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10.19.
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Negyedszázad

09.27.
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10.10.
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Made in Japan

09.26.
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10.26.
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Gödöllő szubjektív

10.05.
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The Marriage of Heaven and Earth in Modern Church Design, Pt. 1

09.13.
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10.13.
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Sur/Real Lands

09.11.
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10.06.
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On this Side of the Sea – Deep Surface 1987–2017

09.04.
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Good luck!

08.29.
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09.30.
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Két szerző, egy téma, két látásmód

09.01.
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Space II.

08.29.
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Ormánság

08.23.
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08.25.
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Tojama

08.18.
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09.01.
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Székiekről székieknek II.

08.12.
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09.04.
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Schimbări

08.17.
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09.12.
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Ballet Company of Győr - 40th anniversary

07.30.
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08.11.
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Blue & Black

07.27.
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10.15.
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The Walk

08.13.
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08.18.
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The National Symbols of Hungary

07.14.
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08.22.
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Még meg sem száradt. Kimért képek

07.16.
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07.18.
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Cutting Edge

07.15.
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07.23.
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Exhibition of Zsolt Olaf Szamódy

07.13.
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If I do nothing

06.18.
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07.02.
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Order

06.21.
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07.31.
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Jubilees

06.18.
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09.08.
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My Wanderings in Budafok-Tétény

06.18.
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07.31.
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Gun Works - Episodes

06.06.
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06.29.
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The Transdanubian Folk Architecture Heritage

06.07.
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Somewhere

06.07
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09.30.
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Carbon Prints

05.30.
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China Behind Wall and Curtain

05.28.
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07.14.
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Waters - Forms - Earth

05.15.
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06.15.
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Jazz Only

05.08.
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Magician of the Moment

05.06.
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05.30.
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80 Years

05.03.
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EUNÍR

04.29.
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Dreaming Waters

04.26.
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06.16.
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Before My Era

04.25.
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05.13.
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Rally in pictures

04.17.
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05.17.
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Sony World Photography Awards

Attributed Portraits

13 October
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12 November
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Mandur László emlékkiállítás

10.15
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10.10
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Évek és képek

10.07.
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10.30.
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Posztamentum

10.12.
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11.01.
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Retinába égett emlékek 

10.07.
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10.31.
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Forgotten Feelings?

10.03.
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11.29.
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Location Scouting

09.13.
-
09.25.
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Arcmások

09.17.
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10.07.
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A vörös sziklák és sivatagok földje: Ausztrália

09.25.
-
Read more

Közterek (2016–2020)

09.13.
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10.14.
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Light Therapy

With his first solo show at Mai Manó House and at an arts institution, photographer Zoltán Tombor offers a comprehensive overview of his work in recent years. It was in November 2019 that the artist moved back from New York City, where he had lived and worked since 2011. Known for twenty years as a fashion photographer, he is now featured at the exhibition, Light Therapy as an autonomous creator.

On the first floor, we present a selection from the series that was inspired by the year 2020. While creating this original material, the artist examined such feelings as isolation, confinement and uncertainty, studied the effects of lacking a vision of the future and often conflicting emotions. He cannot, nor does he wish to, offer answers or solutions to his questions: what are the things in our current lives that we can do without, and what is irreplaceable? What are the things in this new situation that have real value? The series is a quiet meditation, occasioned by the unexpected episode that was 2020, with the artist looking for himself in the upheaval.

Presented on the second floor is a selection from five years of editorial work, made mostly in New York City. This material reveals a salient connection between Tombor’s applied and original art. The images in this selection were published in prestigious magazines, like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, The New York Times Style, and The Last Magazine, with such celebrities among the models as Shirin Neshat, Alicia Keys and Francesco Clemente.

Zoltán Tombor (1973) lives and works in Budapest. A self-taught photographer, he learnt the essentials in his teens, and has been a professional since 1995. Starting his career in Hungary, in 2003 he moved to Milan, working mostly on fashion, advertising and portrait commissions. In 2011 he relocated to New York City, photographing fashion for major magazines. In 2015 he launched his own annual publication, Supernation, which features his fashion and documentarian series. He is a member of the Association of Hungarian Photographers, the Hungarian Press Association, the International Center of Photography, New York, and the Professional Photographers of America. His most recent exhibition in Hungary, Homeward, was on view at Societé Budapest in 2019.

Open to the public:
31 August 2021, 6pm. – 3 October 2021
Tuesday - Sunday 12:00 – 19:00.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays.
Curator: Zita Sárvári

08.31.
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10.03.
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EXITUS 3.1

08.03.
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08.14.
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Location Scouting

09.14.
-
09.25.
Read more

Csendéletek?

07.21.
-
08.16.
Read more

Madárének

07.16.
-
Read more

Színház-Varázs

07.14.
-
08.24.
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Másként gondolkodók

07.29.
-
08.15.
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Szinopszis

As it opens its joint gallery with the Studio of Young Photographers, the  Association of Hungarian Photographers (est. 1956) answers a long-felt need for an exhibition space that is dedicated to its members.

Synopsis, the gallery’s first exhibition selects works from the first decade of the Studio of Young Photographers, which the Association established in 1977 and has maintained ever since. The first-generation creators of the Studio who are featured at the display are by now multi-award-winning artists of the Association, key figures of Hungarian contemporary photography. The exhibiting artists are Sándor Apáti-Tóth, András Balla, András Bánkuti, Imre Benkő, Gábor Fejér, Péter Horváth, Antal Jokesz, Ferenc Kanyó, Gábor Kerekes, György Stalter, János Szerencsés, László Tasnádi, Péter Tímár, György Tóth, Attila Vécsy, and Magdolna Vékás.

Curators: Péter Baki and Viktória Balogh

06.28.
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07.24.
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Az én arcom

07.03.
-
08.28.
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Unknown

07.09.
-
08.31.
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Cirkusz a függöny mögött

07.06.
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07.25.
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Egy pokoli színjáték díszletei

07.15.
-
08.28.
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Csendéletek?

06.17.
-
07.17.
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Duplex, triplex

06.16.
-
06.30.
Read more

Der Plan.

06.15.
-
08.15.
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Posztamentum

06.14.
-
07.08.
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Emlékezet

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POST-SOVIET - The Photos of Lenke Szilágyi 1990–2002

For more than a decade, photographer Lenke Szilágyi (who has also been working as a photo-archivist in the Archives for a number of years) has regularly traveled to the (former) Soviet Union, witnessing and documenting the fall of Communism and Post-Soviet realities not only in large centers like Moscow or St. Petersburg but also in the provinces (the Black Sea coast, the Volga region, Karelia, etc.). Her photos are sensitive imprints of an era of constant change and territory of eternal immutability. She depicts in her portraits the hopes and despairs of the time, while also adding her own witty commentaries in the diary entries accompanying the photos. This exhibition is the first major presentation of this collection.

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Lenke Szilágyi started her career as a documentarian of the Budapest underground in the 1980s: her unique portraits of legendary literary figures, artists, actors, filmmakers, musicians, and members of the democratic opposition and her sensitive photos of the everyday life of this scene made her one of the most important photographers of the period. In the mid-1980s, she began her travels all over the world; it was in 1990 that she first travelled to Moscow, on an assignment for the samizdat journal Beszélő to cover the Helsinki Conference. But she also documented a city that was at the time still the capital of the Soviet Union, which collapsed a year later.

   A year later, she spent four months in the crumbling country in the company of a Hungarian Bulgakov-scholar and his friends. They stayed in Sukhumi on the Black Sea coast, also travelling to conferences in St. Petersburg, Samara or Kyiv. She spent the last month of this sojourn on a voyage down the Volga and on the Black Sea. The photos she took during her voyage, again, focus more on the people and their immediate surroundings than on the sea or the majestic river with its colorful autumn landscapes.

   In 1993, the Georgian-Abkhazian war prevented Szilágyi and her friends from returning to Sukhumi, so they spent one month on the Russian coast of the Black Sea, in Gelendzhik, from where they travelled to the Crimea (then part of Ukraine), to St. Petersburg, and to Lake Ladoga in Karelia. Her lyrical reports (and the diary she kept during this journey) reflect her deep understanding of country life and of the local people, whether in sunny Crimea or in cold, northern Karelia. This sensitivity emerges clearly in her portraits of smoking youngsters or resting old women, too.

Szilágyi returned in 1996 to war-torn Sukhumi (under adventurous circumstances: using a fake passport), finding burnt-down houses, and hardly any of her former friends in the once charming city. In the following years she regularly traveled to Russia: she took a trip to Lake Baykal and Irkutsk in 2001 and spent a couple of weeks on the beach at Blagoveshchenskaya on the Black Sea in 2002. Wherever she went, she took photos that, to quote art critic András Bán, are “unique, and do not tolerate captions or comments… they are meaningful in themselves as if floating... ” Their compositional wit and sometimes their sheer strangeness capture the spontaneity of street scenes

Her scenes capture the peculiarities of the post-soviet era with a great sense of composition, light, and environment, showing a remarkable ability to communicate both humor and tragedy. The exhibition brings together photographs in both black and white and color, many of which were processed and developed by the artist herself at the time.

Curator: Katalin Székely

07.17.
-
09.20.
Read more

Exhibition by Zsolt Hamarits

07.21.
-
08.09.
Read more

Cuba - Ways

07.06.
-
07.31.
Read more

Exhibition by Wei Xiang

03.10.
-
03.30.
Read more

Kertek Berlin Neukölln

03.10.
-
04.04.
Read more

A kevesebb több - Breuer Marcell brutalizmusának minimalizmusa

03.10.
-
Read more

Erdélyi Zenészek - Körmük alatt a nóta

03.12.
-
04.09.
Read more

Madárének

03.11.
-
04.01.
Read more

Idősíkok

03.03.
-
04.04.
Read more

Atlantisz

02.29.
-
Read more

Unwanted Butterfly

03.04.
-
04.05.
Read more

Welcome

02.26.
-
04.05.
Read more

Visszapillantás (1964–2020)

02.23.
-
04.19.
Read more

Ég és föld találkozása a korszerű templomépítészetben, II. rész

02.21.
-
Read more

Concrete Questions

02.18.
-
03.12.
Read more

Volt egyszer egy öblösüveggyár

02.19.
-
03.09.
Read more

FOW /Fog of War/

02.13.
-
02.27.
Read more

Fényterápia

02.12.
-
03.16.
Read more

A Leica on the Frontline

KOLTA Galeria proudly presents a master exhibition – KONDOR Laszlo; a Leica on the Frontline (Chicago 1968 –Vietnam1969-70) the photo exhibit opens with greetings by Katko Tamas, Art Director KOLTA Galeria and a conversation with the photographer will be moderated by Ditzendy Attila, Journalist.

 Hungarian born photographer Kondor Laszlo,having lived in the United States for the latter half of the 20th century, returning to Hungary after the fall of the iron curtain - is now 78.   This photographer has spent much of his professional life documenting world events from the US Vietnam War with its inevitable anti-war violence on the streets to the political halls of Chicago‘s Mayor Richard J. Daley (1902-1976. ) Not a stranger to conflict, having survived and fled the 1956 Hungarian revolution.

 The Leica on the Frontline exhibition looks at Kondor’s response to the conflicts he witnessed. The trilogy of analog black and white images were createdin the late 1900s. The point of departure begins with a selection of work as a photojournalist in 1968 Chicago – The Whole World is Watching.  A counter-reactionis the work as a combat photographer in 1969 -1971 Vietnam – Bootson the Ground.  The finale - LifeGoes On includes images that reflect reality, lyrically with empathy and sensitivity for the Vietnamese civilians caught up in the conflict, such as the iconic image Saigon Street Orphan 1970. The exhibition’s 70 works include 20 from the permanent collection of the NVAM, National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago.

 

Megan Owoc, NVAM Collectionand Gallery Coordinator:

“Laszlo Kondor’s photographs of the Vietnam War are essential to the National Veterans Art Museum’s permanent collection. Kondor’s photos capture the inexorable horrors andanxieties of wartime, as well as the enduring moments of camaraderie, empathy,and innocence of both the American soldiers and Vietnamese civilians. These important images illustrate, first hand, the moments that defined the experience of serving in Vietnam during the war, and that continue to shape the character of our country in the years since.”

 

Kondor rarely exhibited, the day-to-day pressure of creating photographs for the press, in publications, and in printmay explain why.  The photographer was either directly commissioned by one or another magazine or client to produce their photos, or his photo-reports from the front lines of the Vietnam war were published in newspapers. However, Kondor had an instinct to horde and carefully maintained an archive of work from his 35-year career. Today, retired and living in Kapolcs, Hungary, Kondor is revisiting his archives to select images that illuminate his life in photography.  

In September 2020, this exhibit will travel to the NVAM in Chicago with a corresponding documentary film - Out of a Darkroom, the Life of Kondor Laszlo by Endre Dozsa and the publication Kondor Laszlo, as I Saw It - Vietnam Era, edited by Mate Havasi.

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