Photography for the eyes is just the same as music for the ears.

Maybe this is the place you were long time looking for!


PART 1 – Monday, January, 30. 2012.

6 p.m.

 Those foreigners who are planing to come over and the temporary individuals staying in Budapest will be able to sence the beauty in the richness of historical and cultural background that this city offers. Do you have any idea, of what’s to come in the coming days? Here’s an overview of the latest grand program to be arranged at the Hungarian House of Photography.

VIth District – 20 Nagymező Street

A short  overview about this marvelous building:
(The eight-floored building was built in 1894 on the order of Mr. Manó Mai, the photographer.
In 1931, Mr. Sándor Rozsnyai, musical director bought this building from the family. They built another level of three-floors. In 1944, the owners were most probably killed by the Hungarian or the German Nazis. After the WW2, the building was in use of several purposes: a school and sometimes as a presentation hall. From the early ’60s it was the home for the Hungarian Automobile Club for over  30 years. At first as the Mai Mano Gallery opened in 1995 and during the months of spring in 1999  Mr. Peter Nadas, novelist/photographer launched, renovated the
building back to its original style and opened the Hungarian House of Photography. If this building could talk, then it would probably tell many interesting tales.)

Here is a web site where you can stroll down for more details about the Hungarian House of Photography in the Mai Manó House:

In just a couple of days to come for all those interested in photography the doors will be opened to enter the  series of lectures to be held at the Budapest’s Hungarian House of Photography. The place is just a bloke away from one of Budapest’s oldest and famous avenues the Andrássy Avenue. Both ends of the Ave. connects two historical venues. One end connects to the inner city and the other leads to the Hero Square.
Can’t leave the intro before not saying a word about what’s under this avenue full of the beautiful buildings along the way. Europe’s oldest underground train on the continent (the yellow line). It was built on the company’s plans of Siemens and Halske (1894) The tracks were open to the public on May, 2. 1896. After so many decades it is still in use.
Budapest is fortunate enough to offer the space to the “outstanding photographers”

Following the success of the series of the Photography Free University, the Hungarian House of Photography will be the venue for the Photography Speaker.

 The presentations will be  in English language.

 The 1st  semester of the series features experts on various fields of photography with topics ranging from discussions on past and present  the Hungarian, as well as  international photography, historical and  institutional opportunities and perspectives and as well as artistic endeavors and possibilities.

Presentation Part 1.

“Daylight Studio”

Mr. Colin FORD, Founding Director, National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now National Media Museum),Bradford, UK

Photography – Hungary’s Greatest Export?

 “We need photographs to communicate our particularities and our national character.” In 1914, when Hungarian photographer Rudolf Balogh wrote this, photography – like other forms of Hungarian art  –  was firmly under the influence of European practice. Balogh‟s words marked the beginning of the decades when Hungary‟s photographers were world-leaders; his call to arms was answered by a number of photographers working in Hungary. Some of them, such as Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy and Munkácsi, went on to make their names in Germany, France, Britain and the USA, and are now universally known for the profound changes they brought about in photojournalism and art photography. Others, such as Károly Escher and Rudolf Balogh, remained in Hungary, producing equally high-quality and innovator photography. The worldwide legacy of these Hungarian photographers cannot be underestimated: Henri Cartier-Bresson said: “Whatever we have done, Kertész did first.” Colin Ford CBE was the first senior curator of photography in any British national museum or gallery (National Portrait Gallery, London, Colin Ford CBE was the first senior curator of photography in any British national museum or gallery (National Portrait Gallery, London, 1972-82). In 1982, he became the founding Head of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now the National Media Museum), Bradford. After ten years there, he became Director of the ten National Museums & Galleries of Wales. He has written more than a dozen books on historic photographers – among them Julia Margaret Cameron, „Lewis Carroll‟, D. O. Hill & Robert Adamson and André Kertész – and has mounted many exhibitions.


Entry fee for adults: 1000 HUF. Students and pensioners: 500 HUF Purchasing ticket through the  week at the office of the Hungarian House of Photography  –  6th District,  3rd floor at 20 Nagymező Str. from 11 a-m. to 5  p.m. During the week-end at the Mai Manó Book Shop, on the mezzanine level between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. On the lecture day  from 11 a.m. until the opening of the presentations.

The program series is sponsored by the Hungarian Ministry of National Resources 


 … to be continued with the  follow-ups of  February’s  Photography Speakers at the Hungarian House of Photography.


Updated by Aggie Reiter

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