Tamas Dezso

April 4, 2013 - April 28, 2013

Night Watchman (Budapest, Hungary)
2009
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Peter with a mangalitsa piglet (near Miskolc, North-East Hungary)
2009
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Tree and House (West Hungary)
2011
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Abandoned Room (Soviet Base, Szentkiralyszabadja, West Hungary)
2012
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Choir (near Abrud, West Romania)
2012
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Deer (North Hungary)
2011
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Crows (Near Debrecen, East Hungary)
2009
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Bricks (Budapest)
2009
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Building (Emod, North-East Hungary)
2009
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Bus Stop (North-East Hungary)
2011
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Sunflowers (Balatonakarattya, West Hungary)
Sunflowers (Balatonakarattya, West Hungary)
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Petya (near Budapest)
2011
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Ruin (near Budapest)
2011
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Johanna (Zsambek, North Hungary)
2009
pigment print
20x24"

Image © Tamas Dezso

Tamas Dezso

Here, Anywhere

Tamas Dezso’s series Here, Anywhere offers a desolate yet poetic look at the people and places left behind during the post-communist transition in Hungary. Begun in 2009, the series explores the unique atmosphere of the country’s now 20-year-long transition, as well as changing notions of Eastern European identity. Dezso’s layered images present unsettling moments of stillness that quietly allude to this gritty reality.

A native of Hungary, Dezso notes how during this political change, his country essentially “forgot about certain places: streets, blocks of flats, vacant sites and whole districts became self-defined enclosures, where today a certain out-dated, awkward, longed-to-be-forgotten Eastern Europeanness still lingers…I decided to record the hidden realities which are essential in order to understand the country as it hovers on the borderline between the Eastern and Western worlds.”

This award-winning series has garnered international attention, earning Dezso First Place at the 2011 CENTER Project Competition in Santa Fe, the Daylight Magazine & Center for Documentary Studies Project Prize, and Grand Prize at the Jeune Création Européenne Biennal 2011/2013 in Paris-Montrouge, and is presented at Blue Sky in collaboration with Photolucida as the Critical Mass 2012 Solo Exhibition Award.

Tamas Dezso was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1978. His long-term projects focus on the margins of society in Hungary, Romania, and other parts of Eastern Europe. His work has been exhibited worldwide, with solo exhibitions in 2011 in Poland, Bangladesh, Budapest, New Mexico, and at the Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, and recent exhibitions at the New York Photo Festival, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, and FOAM Photo Museum in Amsterdam. He was twice Hungarian Press Photo’s Photographer of the Year (2005 and 2006), and has received awards from organizations such as World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, and PDN. His photographs have appeared in TIME, The New York Times, National Geographic, GEO, and Le Monde, among others. Dezso has recently been nominated for the 2012 Prix Pictet.