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From 12th July until 28th August, 2019, the exhibition Stories from Budapest by photographers Imre Kinszki and Ottó Kaiser is on display in the gallery of the Haigla Hospital in Pärnu.

One city. Seemingly stones and people. Behind the play of lights and shadows lie small stories. The pictures of the two photographers slur the years and obscure the scenes. The pictures made by Imre Kinszki at the beginning of the 20th century, and those made by Ottó Kaiser almost a hundred years later tell almost the same stories. Their joint beat interlock into the same Budapest story, as they turn to stones with the same admiration as they love people.


Budapesti lood - Pärnu-plakatImre Kinszki (1901-1945)

Born in 1901, Imre Kinszki was raised in Budapest, where he studied medicine and published articles on philosophy and politics. In 1920, anti-Semitic legislation set a limit on the number of Jewish students allowed at the university, preventing him from completing his degree; instead he found work as an archivist for the National Association of Industrialists.


In 1926 his wife gave him his first camera, and his interest in science led him to photography with a microscope; in 1930 he invented the 6 by 6 centimeter Kinsecta camera for macrophotography. He joined the National association of Hungarian amateur photographers (MAOSZ) in 1931, but soon became disenchanted by the group’s traditional Pictorialist values. During this period he began contributing photographs and articles on technical subjects to photography publications in Hungary and abroad, including Pesti napló képes műmelléklet, Fotoműveszeti hírek, National Geographic, Popular Photography, and Képes vasárnap. He resigned from MAOSZ in 1936 and in 1937 co-founded the Association of modern Hungarian photographers, which organized the Daguerre Centenary Exhibition in the same year. In 1939 Kinszki coedited the album Magyar fényképezés (Hungarian photography).


Throughout the 1930s Kinszki was a participant in many national and international exhibitions as well as a correspondent of prominent photographers such as László Moholy-Nagy, Brassaï, and Albert Renger-Patzsch. Always an advocate for modernism in photography, he photographed urban life and experimented with new technology to photograph motion and night scenes.


Despite having converted from Judaism to Greek Orthodox Christianity, he was taken into forced labor in 1943 and died while marching to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in early 1945.


Ottó Kaiser (1953-)

He was born in Pápa, a Hungarian small town in 1953. After finishing his studies in photography, he tried to learn the secrets of the profession in the grand masters' studios. Later he worked at the Budapest Film Production Company, to study the deliberate use of lights and the play of light and shadow. To make a living, he was contracted by the city's magazines as a photographer, where he also made newspapers and books as well.


In recent decades he has worked as a photojournalist, picture editor, chied editor, and founded several cultural and professional photographic magazines. As a photographer, he has published almost forty photo albums. He has worked and exhibited in fifty countries. His major solo exhibitions include London, Stuttgart, Belgrade, Kolozsvár, Újvidék, Florence, Ankara, Ljubljana, Warsaw, Montréal and Budapest. He was awarded with the Gold Cross of Merit of Hungary in 2009.




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