JÓZSEF HAJDÚ

Born 6 July 1961 in Ormosbánya. He went to high school in Edelény, then received his diploma from the Chemical Industry Automatization College of the Heavy Industry Technical University in Miskolc. Beginning with his college years, he took part in competitions and exhibitions with his photographs, while he took his professional exam as a photographer. Nevertheless, he worked at the Hungária Plastic Processing Concern for two years, after which he commenced work at the Postal Design Institute as a photographer. In 1992, the exhibition Postal Architecture in Hungary was arranged at the Postal Museum, where his photographs also featured, as well as being published in the book to accompany the exhibition. He then began to work at the Postal Museum as a photographer and photo archivist, where he continues to work up to the present day.

He joined the work of the Studio of Young Photographers (FFS) in 1987, and also became a member – he later kept up the contact with United Images (Egyesült Képek), formed by those in the FFS.

He is a member of the Association of Hungarian Photographers since 1994. From 1993 to 1996, he received the Pécsi József Photographic Art Scholarship, and it was with this support that he could produce the material for his first album, Ipari táj (Industrial Landscape, 1998). As Judit N. Kósa wrote, these were “lyrical images” of factory buildings –  the refined imprints of man-made architecture.

Just as his Tájképek (Landscapes, of the exteriors of mines) series portrayed the environment crearted-destroyed by man with “inhuman” pictures.

The visual presentation of the texture of his Tea Pictures, or the “musical” transcription of his wartime X-ray films rendered his subjects and their execution of a world standard unique.

He thus received in 1998 one of the most prestigious international Polaroid awards (VII. Polaroid Final Art Awards).

He participated in numerous group exhibitions and six solo shows with his photographs; all of his published architectural albums are ranked among the masterpieces of Hungarian book publishing – and he was received a number of prizes for them.

From analogue photography to Polaroids, from photograms to digital colour technique, he has created and creates continuously in all compositions that are timeless and pure, unique.

He was recognised for his photographic oeuvre in 2007 with the Balogh Rudolf Award.

His photographs are preserved in numerous private and public collections – in Budapest, in Strasbourg, in Zürich and in New York – including at the Hungarian Museum of Photography, and in the Csák-Körmendi Collection of Contemporary Hungarian Photography.

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