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Sándor Csudai: Budapest Moods

Visiting is free of charge
October 15 – November 14, 2020
Monday–Saturday: 9am – 7pm
Closed on Sunday and on public holidays.
Capa Center – 8F Gallery
Curator: Klára Szarka

Desolate Heroes Square in the spring sunshine, people in masks walking around, shopping, taking their maturity exams and standing sparsely in line for the post office. 2020 will definitely go down in history as a significant year, as it has given every person an unparalleled, peculiar, global, and shared experience.

A natural photojournalist, Sándor Csudai systematically walked the streets of this strange Budapest. He strove to create an objective, yet not insensitive imprint of the effect of the pandemic in our shared spaces. His photographs delineate a city rather disquieting, yet still charming. We see a familiar, yet entirely new world evolving in front of our eyes. A world, which must be preserved via this gesture of the photographer as a visual impression by all means.

Csudai’s photographs will most likely evoke various feelings in the spectators today. And the visitors tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, will see, interpret, understand these images again in other ways. After all, this is (also) what our visual inheritance, photography is for.

Klára Szarka, curator

Csudai Sándor: Boráros tér, 2020. március © Csudai Sándor
Csudai Sándor: Boráros tér, 2020. március © Csudai Sándor
Csudai Sándor: Gazdagrét, 2020. március © Csudai Sándor
Csudai Sándor: Gazdagrét, 2020. március © Csudai Sándor
Csudai Sándor: Wesselényi utca, 2020. május © Csudai Sándor
Csudai Sándor: Wesselényi utca, 2020. május © Csudai Sándor
Csudai Sándor: Margit híd, 2020. május © Csudai Sándor
Csudai Sándor: Margit híd, 2020. május © Csudai Sándor

Sándor Csudai, photographer, winner of the Károly Hemző Prize in 2019

He got acquainted with photography at a very young age. Soon it became a hobby for him, then it turned into his passion and profession. After graduating from the Práter Street photography school, he started an internship at Magyar Hírlap in 2008, and was promoted to internal staff in 2010. Since 2016, he works for the newspaper Lokál, and, since 2017, for the online news portal Origo.

Besides presenting everyday life, he considers it important to look for humanity and to explore the fundamental questions of life in seemingly irrational moments that go beyond the ordinary. This way he also reveals what remains unseen as we pass through our lives from day to day. He believes that presenting, reporting and experiencing these moments allow him to be present and to interpret the events with the help of photography.

Major Awards: Pictures of the Year, Award of Excellence (2015), Hungarian Press Photo Awards, Brassaï Press Photo Award (2016), Junior Prima Award (2015), Károly Hemző Prize (2019)