Hungarian House of Photography
Earlier Exhibitions
André Kertész Hall

Krisztián Bócsi, Ildi Hermann, Dániel Kovalovszky, Gábor Arion Kudász, Ádám Magyar, Mária Pecsics, Artúr Rajcsányi, Gábor Ákos Varga


Pécsi József Scolarship Annual Exhibition  
Opening remarks by: András Bánkuti
Open to the public: 03. March - 08. April 2008.
Every weekdays: 14.00 – 19.00
Weekend: 11.00 – 19.00

Pécsi, before he became a scholarship
Krisztián Bócsi · Ildi Hermann · Dániel Kovalovszky · Gábor Arion Kudász
Ádám Magyar · Mária Pecsics · Artúr Rajcsányi · Gábor Ákos Varga


Ildi Hermann

Holiday homes

In the 60s and 70s holiday homes were constructed with simple technology and easily available materials; they were cheap and could be built quickly. Their function was to create an opportunity for the ever increasing numbers of town dwellers to spend quality free time, outside the boundaries of industrial districts, but close to them. The lakesides and riverbanks were the first to be built up. This is how the Szentendre Island Holiday Resort came to be developed and this is where the majority of the pictures in my photo series were taken.

In keeping with the structure of society of the period, members of widely differing social “classes” (intellectuals, workers, party functionaries, etc.) could all afford holiday homes in Hungary. At the time many people chose the intimate surroundings of their own holiday home instead of the SZOT (Trade Unions Congress) resorts. The way of life involving going to one’s own plot of land – as the satisfying of a legitimate social need – was now considered justified and became a mass phenomenon.

In my series would like to “catch” and study the characteristic features of the social transformation that has taken place in the last few decades, as expressed by the “holiday home owners” and the change in their environment.

would like to evoke the past with the help of objects, clothes, photos and “customs” found in the holiday homes, documenting the feeling and lifestyle left behind in them, which also show our modern age in a different light.

The series of photos is on the one hand about the 60s and 70s and its uniform architectural style, the buildings as they have varied through changes brought about by new needs and about the holiday homes. On the other hand it is about people living through social change, who have inherited this feeling for a new way of life and who spend every weekend, from spring to autumn, in their holiday homes.

1998-2002 Eötvös Loránd University Teacher Training College, Hungarian education management
1997-1998 South Trafford College, United Kingdom
1993-1997: Ferenc Kölcsey Secondary School

2004 Summer Photo School in Poprád
2002 Summer Photo School in Poprád
2000–2002 Kontakt Art Photography courses

2007 Jozsef Pecsi Art Photography Scholarship
2006 Jozsef Pecsi Art Photography Scholarship
2004 National Cultural Foundation scholarship to the Summer Photo School in Poprád
From 2004 Member of the Young Photo Artists Studio
2003 Special prize at the ‘Straw’ Foundation photo competition
2002 National Cultural Foundation scholarship to the Summer Photo School in Poprád

2007 Holiday Homes, Galerija KiBela, Maribor, Slovenia
2007 Holiday Homes, Dorottya Gallery
2006 Közeg, part of the series at the Comeround photo exhibition, Retorta Gallery
2003 Beyond the Borders film stills (director: Árpád Schilling), Odeon-Lloyd Cinema
2002 Skutocna sou, Cirko-Gejzír Cinema
2002 Perlasca – the Story of a Real Man film stills (director: Alberto Negrin), Uránia National Film Theatre
2002 dream of Reality, Puskin Gallery

2007 Monarchia (Dual-Monarchy) Festival, Moscow
2006 Boulevard and Brezhnev Gallery
2006 Photomatrix – Collegium Hungaricum – Vienna
2005 Green Wind, Selection of young artists’ photos and videos, Budapest Autumn Festival
2005 Net – A világ tyúkszemmel (Worm’s eye view of the world), Kogart Gallery
2005 Pictures, gypsies, Gypsy pictures, Millennial Park
2004 This landscape is not a map, Millennial Park
2004 Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia
2003 Centrális Gallery
2002 Poprad Summer Photo School, Slovakia

2006 Moscow Square autumn, Prakter-Para Kft., 2006
2003 Vision Boulevard – Budapest at the millennium (with texts by Ottó Bence), Palatinus, 2003



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