Zoltán Tombor
(1973 - )

Zoltán Tombor (1973) lives and works in Budapest. A self-taught photographer, he learnt the essentials in his teens and has been a professional since 1995. Starting his career in Hungary in 2003, he moved to Milan, mainly working on fashion, advertising and portrait commissions. In 2011 he relocated to New York City, photographing fashion for major magazines. In 2015 he launched his annual publication, Supernation, which features his fashion and documentarian series. He is a member of the Association of Hungarian Photographers, the Hungarian Press Association, the International Center of Photography, New York, and the Professional Photographers of America. His most recent exhibition in Hungary, Homeward, was on view at Societé Budapest in 2019.

I was born in Budapest, Hungary a long time ago. My father is a colorist-turned-winemaker, my mother a pharmacist, though both of them are retired now. I also have an older sister Saci, she paints on human faces. When I turned 19, my father wanted me to be a colorist, but I rather played pool, and ride my bmx. It was around this time that I started to develop a budding interest for photography. From the beginning, it made me excited that the camera not only immortalized the details of images, but also helped me to recall my personal feelings present at the moment of taking the picture. Photography appeared to me as emotionally charged. Once I understood how to manipulate, tame and use these emotions residing in the image, I started to work on photo assignments in Budapest. After a few years of self-education and training, I decided to move to milan, and introduce my work to a wider audience. During this time on a trip back to Budapest I met Nelli, the most beautiful and intelligent woman ever, and I couldn't help but fall in love. She became my best friend, my partner in crime, and of course my wife. We moved to New York in 2011, then after 9 years of joy and struggles, we finally returned home to Hungary. Taking pictures is an everyday necessity for me, and I easily move between my commissions and personal projects as photography is an organic part of my life. Photography is a meditation and a tool to understand myself better, and as such an indispensable particle of my life.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021 Surface Tension - Einspach Fine Art & Photography Gallery, Budapest
2021 Light Therapy - Hungarian House of Photography - Mai Manó House Budapest
2021 Dialogue on the Experience of Architecture / Dialog über das Erleben von Architektur - Duo exhibition with dr.Ralph Fischer - Hfg Ulm Foundation
2021 Dialogue on the Experience of Architecture / Dialog über das Erleben von Architektur - Duo exhibition with dr.Ralph Fischer - Hungarian Cultural Institute Stuttgart
2019 Homeward - Société Budapest
2011 Absolutly - Stock Exchange Palace - Vaci 1, Budapest
2009 Mode Hongroise at the Hungarian Institute in Paris

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 Hungarian Genius - Gallery Max

2021 Gen/Re - Kiscelli Museum Budapest
2021 I Whisper to My Past, Do I have Another Choice - Einspach Fine Art & Photography Gallery, Budapest
2021 The 17th Bátor Tábor Contemporary Art Auction - Société Budapest
2020 Bodyscape - Kiscelli Museum Budapest
2020 Art for act - UNICEF - Brody House Budapest
2018 #QOL - The quality of life - Artless Gallery Tokyo, Japan
2018 Adam and Eve charity auction in aid of Cancer Research UK - London, England
2017 Oltre Roma - Balassi Institute - Rome, Italy
2016 Beyond the foreground - Museum Garda, Ivrea, Italy
2015 Premio Cramum - Italian Institute of Culture, Budapest
2014 Premio Cramum - Isimbardi Palace, Milan
2011 Artkatakomba Gallery, Budapest
2010 "World of fashion in photography - yesterday and today", Hungarian National Museum, Budapest
2009 27th Hungarian Press Photo Exhibition - Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

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