Zsolt Balázs / 24th November, 1979 / Budapest, Hungary

EDUCATIONS2016-2019 Szellemkép Szabadiskola - master diploma in creative photography2018 Nikon-NOOR Masterclass - Long Term Projects2020 Magnum Photos / Alec Soth - Photographic Storytelling2022 NOOR Images - Visualising Climate Crisis
SCHOLARSHIP, SUPPORT2020, 2021 - National Cultural Foundation - The Leftovers of Eden
MEMBERSHIP2019 - Random Gallery2020 - Association of Hungarian Photographers2022 - Member of the Association of Hungarian Journalists (independent)
GROUP EXHIBITIONS"Fine Art" group exhibition at Blank Wall Gallery in Greece, Athens; 36th Hungarian Press Photo Budapest Photo Festival at Kiscelli Museum PH21 GalleryModem: Modern and Contemporary Arts Centre - Deep FlowsPicture of lights - National PhotoSalon, Műcsarnok / KunsthalleRotterdam Photo Festival 2022 - The Human Blueprint11th Slovak Press Photo 2022, Bratislava - Group exhibition: Silent sky, roaring lands
STATEMENTAs an independent photographer his most important angle is that of humanity and objectivity, which he raises above all political and economical interests.His work is most characterized by the styles of autonomous photoreport and documentarism.His main subject matter consists of examining contemporary human relations, mostly in connection with taut situations in conflict zones. In these, the impact of authorities’ decisions and the consequences the tense circumstances have on people’s lives both become very obvious.His projects mostly center around disregarded, vulnerable communities and people. During long-term photo-projects he has been examining the direct and indirect effects of the border closures, border fences and blockades; but he also reflects on his more immediate surroundings and even his own life.The completed projects are featured in publications, at exhibitions and in photo albums.In the photo series titled ‘Southern Ends’ he explores the long-term effects of the Hungarian southern border closure and the untreated migration crisis along the Hungarian-Serbian border, indicating traces of a possible future conflict. In the series ‘Leftovers of Eden’ he presents the aftermath of the historical Cyprian Greek-Turkish conflict, examining the possibility of cross-border collaboration to find the people that had gone missing during the clashes. After that he returned to an important location of his childhood - the banks of a creek - and through examining its environment (Rákos-patak), he reflected on the questions related to our contemporary existential insecurities, such as beliefs, habitat, home, well-being. The title of the series is ‘Creekside Country’.The current series he is working on explores the effects of climate change in Hungary on the environment and through it on people's lives (work title: silent sky, roaring lands).