Hungarian photographer Imre Benkő interprets life through photography. His unique approach, deeply humanist and free of stereotypes, attempts to represent the genuine and profound impressions of an era. His reports have influenced, and continue to influence, generations of photographers from the region.
Born in 1943, Benkő started taking pictures at the age of 20, quickly joining the Hungarian press agency MTI. Here Benkő started to develop his own style, beginning in 1968, reminiscent of the approaches of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Josef Koudelka. In 1975 and 1978, he was awarded the World Press Photo. In 1992, his report on the decline and closure of the Ózd metalworks received the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Prize. In 1981 he won the Béla Balázs national prize, and in 1991 the Pulitzer Prize.
Among his latest photo books:
Steel Town. Ózd, 1987-1995, Foreword by Colin Jacobson, Published by Pelikán. Budapest, 1996.
Grey Lights. Budapest, 1970-1999, Foreword by Sándor Végh Alpár, Published by 9s Műhely. Budapest, 2000.
Faces. Sziget Festival Budapest, 1993-2002, Foreword by Tibor Legát, Published by Fotografus.hu Foundation. Budapest, 2003.
Blues. Budapest, 2000-2003, Foreword by Béla Albertini, Published by Városháza. Budapest, 2003.
Ways. Photographs: 1971-2002, Foreword by János Palotai, Published by Imre Benkő. Budapest, 2004.
Ikrek / Twins, 1982-2008, Foreword by Péter Baki, dr. Júlia Métneki, Published by Hungarian Museum of Photography, 2009.
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December 01, 2017 to December 31, 2017