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Farewell to Simon Móricz-Sabján

The Capa Center is deeply saddened to announce that Simon Móricz-Sabján, this year’s Capa Grand Prize winner, due to a tragic accident passed away on December 28, 2022, at the age of 42. Simon Móricz-Sabján was one of the leading figures in his generation of Hungarian documentary photography.

Born in 1980 in Kiskunhalas, he worked for national daily Népszabadság from 2003 until the paper’s closure, and from the end of 2016 he was a photographer for Manager Magazin and Világgazdaság. His work has been awarded numerous national and international prizes, he has been the winner of several scholarships and his series have been regularly shown in solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad. He has also been active as a member of the board of the Photojournalism Section of MÚOSZ. He was the founder and one of the main driving forces behind Pictorial Collective, a collective of Hungarian documentary photography talents.

Less than a month ago, on 1 December, standing in front of his pictures in the project room of the Capa Centre, he told during a guided tour of his exhibition that for him the current stage of his series Permanently Overcast is only the beginning of his work. In his characteristic cheerful and energetic style, he explained his plans for the future, having worked on the immediate predecessor of the work he is presenting, his series Mud Country, for 12 years. Today, the title Permanently Overcast takes on a startling and deeply saddening new meaning and Simon’s work is set to be put on hold forever.

The funeral of Simon Móricz-Sabján will be arranged by his family at a later date.

Capa Grand Prize 2022