PÉTER HORVÁTH

Born 29 July 1945 in Kiskunfélegyház. He received his high school diploma in Baja, and between 1963-71 he was photographer for the Baja Hydrographic Directorate. His photos regularly appeared in the Bajai Hírlap (Baja Newspaper), and the Petőfi Népe county daily newspaper, and he was also Baja correspondent for the Hungarian Wire Service (MTI). From 1964, he also took part in the work of the Dunai Fotóklub (Danube Photo Club): he became a member of the board, and also exhibited his work.
In 1971, he was made a member of the Association of Hungarian Photographers; subsequently, he worked for the Hungarian Wire Service (MTI) for six years. Meanwhile, in 1975, he completed studies in the Photojournalism Department of the Journalism School of the Hungarian Press Association (MÚOSZ).

Between 1976 and 1985, Horváth was a reporter for Magyar Ifjúság (Hungarian Youth), and then for three years he led the photography column. At the same time, he produced photo series at the Creative Camp for Social Photography in Nagybaracska. From 1985, he was photo editor for Népszava, then at the weekly Képes 7, and at Anna magazine, and he was also on the staff of / senior staff of / photo editor at the publications: Európa, Mai Nap, and Reform. From 1996 until his retirement, he was photographer for the Axel Springer Publishing House. He was also guest lecturer at the Photography Department of Kaposvár University.
During recent years, he has produced primarily portrait, fashion, still life and illustrative work in his own studio.

Horváth thinks in terms of photographic reports, series, and photo-essays. In his artistic and creative work, he employs increasingly the techniques of montage, independent photographic processes, and solutions of photographs transformed with the computer – while his motifs, nevertheless, recur, arising again and again.
“He is a photographer of large cities” – Károly Kincses writes about him – “who is interested in permanent or temporary homelessness, in the housing estate, in the outskirts… in Cuban guest workers…” And of course, he himself is also a dominant part of the reality he creates: he is the indirect permanent protagonist of his own images. In 1992, he declared: “Whatever I photograph, ultimately I always show myself.” “…since photography has existed, the photographer has two main pursuits. The first is that the image should be exactly as reality; the other is that it should not by any means be like it, and should not even resemble it, if possible. I cannot decide to which group I belong: I lurk most of all in the borderlands between the two camps…”

He creates his own particular world primarily with light – with the employment of natural and artificial light effects.

Between 1975 and 2011, he had six solo exhibitions in Budapest. His career was recognised in 1986 with a Balázs Béla Award. His book, Más Kép [Other Image], was published in 2001, Rétegek [Layers] in 2005, and Alkonyzóna [Twilight Zone], with a preface by Mihály Gera, was published by Folpress in 2012.

A number of his works are held at the Hungarian Museum of Photography, at the Historical Photography Archive of the Hungarian National Museum, and at the Körmendi-Csák Collection of 20th Century Hungarian Photography.

 

(c) Péter Horváth

(c) Péter Horváth

(c) Péter Horváth

(c) Péter Horváth

(c) Péter Horváth

(c) Péter Horváth