JÓZSEF FÜLES TÓTH: MY MODELS (THE PORTRAIT GALLERY OF HUNGARIAN PHOTOGRAPHERS)
Hungarian National Museum
1088 Budapest, Múzeum körút 14-16.
worldpressphoto.org
24 September – 25 October 2020

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József Füles Tóth: Self-portrait with Red Nose, 2000, gelatin silver print, 30x40 cm

József Füles Tóth is perhaps the most colourful figure of Hungarian photography, both as a creator and as an active member of the scene. A man of multiple talents, he has worked in a wide range of fields, from press and applied photography to poster design. His 1988 volume, The Portrait Gallery of Hungarian Photographers, is a unique undertaking in the history of Hungarian photography: he portrayed his contemporaries with exceptional respect, humility, and an inimitable, loving curiosity—and added a few lines describing his own personal attachment to them. This “open” work was extended in 2001: edited by Mihály Gera and published by Interart Stúdió, the new album contained the great portraits of 80 of his colleagues, as well as a photo by each— with the artist’s signature visual and verbal humour in abundance. József Tóth donated an extended version of this collection to the Historical Photo Collection of the Hungarian National Museum, which presents this companion exhibition of World Press Photo 2020 to celebrate the artist on his 80th birthday.