Budapest Photo Festival
28. February – 30. April 2017.
The Budapest Photo Festival is an annual city-wide exhibition series what represents the contemporary and classical values of the photography by the presence of the Hungarian and international art scene. The aim of the Festival is to create Budapest to be the „City of Photography” in the spring of 2017 with the 1st edition.
The Festival is under the patronage of Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, deputy mayor of Budapest, and a member of the Photo European Network (PHEN).
The festival has two highlighted exhibitions as a frame: the opening show what is the famous Magnum photographer, Alex Webb’s exhibition „The Suffering from Light” at Kunstahale (Műcsarnok) and a Hungarian contemporary overview „SUBJECTUM” at Castle Garden Bazaar. The emphasis, – next to the two highlighted exhibitions – , is on the presentation of the international contemporary scene, by the program of the International Cultural Institutes and the guest festival, beside the exhibitions of the biggest galleries, museums and art schools of the Hungarian Capital. The Festival involves many public programs also: lectures, workshops, photomarathon, museum educational events, portfolio review and photobook show, what will place at the Festivalcenter Gallery.
Coloring the program of the Budapest Spring Festival by the art of photograpy the Budapest Photo Festival in the cooperation of the Castle Garden Bazaar represents its highlighted exhibition. Portraits made photography a serious art medium in the 19th century. As it became possible to fix the human presence on photosensitive materials, a new era began in history. Photos of human faces and figures completely changed how people perceive themselves and others. It turned the conventional visual depiction on its head and it made photography a professional vocation.
The exhibition is constituted by the 25 best photos of the International competition “home”, what was presented as part of the event in June of 2016 in Ioannina – Greece and continues its journey to 13 cities around Greece and 3 countries abroad. Theme which offers a wide field of expression, in any approach, is meaningful and with plenty interpretations…
One of the priorities of BPF is to introduce the contemporary scene of the international photography to the Hungarian audience. To show a new point of view of the photography to the public and to inspire the professional audience as well…