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“I became preoccupied with the collection, and not my own images”

Interview with Sándor Kardos, founder of the Horus Archives

Named the Horus Archives, the collection of Sándor Kardos has been expanding for more than 40 years, becoming, in terms of size, the largest private collection in Hungary. Quoting him: "I learned a lot from amateur photographers, from the hundreds of thousands of people whom I cannot know personally."

Nobody wants to take a bad picture

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Our exhibition, unveiling previously unseen parts of Sándor Kardos' remarkable photography project, ‘The Horus Archives,’ was on display from September 21, 2023 to October 14, 2023. This compact project was hosted at the Szikra Képzőművészeti Bemutatóterem in Budapest, and it delved into a unique and intriguing aspect of press culture in Post-War Hungary – the practice of ‘photo critiques.’

Interview with photographer Sándor Kereki


Tune in to our video with Sándor Kereki as he shares insights into his photographic legacy and the nearly lost body of work currently exhibited at the Capa Center in Budapest. Our exhibition Sándor Kereki – Budapest in the seventies from a boy’s perspective is open until February 4, 2024.

Sándor Kereki – Budapest in the seventies from a boy’s perspective

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Our exhibition titled Sándor Kereki – Budapest in the seventies from a boy’s perspective was on view from December 7, 2023 to February 4, 2024 in Capa Center, Budapest. Sándor Kereki was born in 1952 and at the age of 16, while still in high school, he started taking pictures with the camera his father gave him for his birthday. He never studied photography in a formal school setting. Sándor Kereki put down his camera in the early eighties. Before that, for a good ten years, he was walking around the city, looking for situations, looks and faces. He took his photographs for himself, for his own entertainment and never for someone’s request. He did it in an age when people still allowed themselves to be photographed.

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