2009 Hungarian Press Photography Awards
January 22, 2010 7:51 PM   Subscribe

The 2009 Hungarian Press Photography Awards have been announced. The overall winner is a stunning series of Roma (Gypsy) grieving by the Hungarian photographer Béla Szandelszky. My favorite is the one of three woman grieving. The site is in Hungarian but Google translate does a reasonable job (to English anyway). And of course there is the inevitable Flash navigation to come to grips with. All the photos demonstrate that the rich tradition of Hungarian photography that includes André Kertész, Robert Capa, László Moholy Nagy and Marton Munkascsi to name but a few of the greatest photographers of last century, is very much alive and well.
posted by vac2003 (11 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I don't what it is with Hungarian photographers - there have been so many real geniuses of the genre from Hungary, especially in relation to the fairly small population of the country. I saw the Capa exhibit in Budapest this summer, and it was exquisite.

I've got to link to one of Andre Kertész's best early photos, of two Romani children, taken near Esztergom in 1917, since with Szandelszky's award, it comes close to marking a century of great Hungarian ethnophotography.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 9:53 PM on January 22, 2010

Is self-linking inside the friendly confines of MeFi cool, or am I looking at a ban? No? Good, I'll go ahead and update my yearly warning with 2010.

Sorry I missed aught eight and aught nine, but these are heady times.
posted by jsavimbi at 9:56 PM on January 22, 2010

Doh, I did get 2008 in there. I was gone for a year.
posted by jsavimbi at 9:58 PM on January 22, 2010

Laszlo Pusztai's site has a lot of good things. Like this handsome fellow.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:38 AM on January 23, 2010

These are incredible, thank you for finding them. Myself I'm most amazed by the shot with the earring - pure serendipity, but it says so much.
The orphanage pictures are also beautiful and moving - you want to be one of those kids!
And I think it says something really good about the country (or perhaps, the awards jury?) that the winning press photos aren't of sensational, dramatic events but instead just talk about the simple pleasures, and sorrows, of life.
posted by Flashman at 6:47 AM on January 23, 2010

Google must love Metafilter
posted by Flashman at 6:54 AM on January 23, 2010

Wow, Béla Szandelszky's site has some great picture series. Too bad I can't link to them directly (curse you Flash) but Plucked and Virgin Mary Cult have some wonderful images. Thanks for the interesting post.
posted by benzenedream at 2:09 PM on January 23, 2010

I love the theater set by Reviczky Zsolt. Thank you for sharing!
posted by of strange foe at 2:28 PM on January 23, 2010

Great link. I would've missed it, otherwise. The orphanage series is lovely.
posted by Lukenlogs at 6:32 PM on January 23, 2010

Great. Thank you very much.
posted by nicolin at 3:23 AM on January 24, 2010

Photographers who use flash-navigation on their sites will find themselves steambathing in the coolest level of hell.*

* Assuming their lives were otherwise blameless.
posted by IAmBroom at 1:09 AM on January 26, 2010

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