András Bánkuti, Head of the Photojournalists’ Department of the Hungarian Journalists’ Association thoughts about the exhibition:
It was moving to select from the best press photos of the last 40 years. I re-lived every stage of my career among the pictures submitted year by year to the Hungarian Press Photo Competition organized by MÚOSZ. I looked at the photos of the role models of my youth, then the pictures of my contemporaries and finally my own; I saw the appearance of the middle generation and now the youngest ones are coming fast. This exhibition was made up of thousands of pictures, which, according to my intentions, present the most distinctive themes, display the independent thoughts of my colleagues, and in many cases clearly show the strong characters of the photojournalists. I was impressed by the commitment and sacrifice of photojournalists, as they often process important topics for their own pleasure, not on commission.
The golden age of the press ended in 2008 with the economic crisis. Since then, every editorial office has been saving on staff and salaries. At the same time, high-quality, but unpublished, long-term essays and reports have reappeared at exhibitions. They should have had a place in the press properly paid.
There is a lot of talent, as always. Just look around here at the show. I am sure you will find your favourite pictures that you will remember for decades or even forever. Here you can see the reality without retouching. If you are more interested in photojournalism after the exhibition, please turn to the books entitled Photos of the Year, which have been published continuously since 1992, and visit our website at sajto-foto.hu.
April 21, 2022 – May 29, 2022
Closed on Monday and on public holidays.
Venue: Capa Center – Budapest, Nagymező u. 8, 1065
More information here.
Source: Capa Center