Can press photography continue to serve as an eyewitness?

International seminar of Budapest Metropolitan University as part of the World Press Photo 2022 exhibition 

Hungarian National Museum
October 2022, Saturday 14:00-17:00

Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 
2022. október 29. 14:00-17:00


How can photography preserve its relevance in the age of virtuality?

Learn about the challenges of reporting and photojournalism from renowned professionals at the newest Meetup of Budapest Metropolitan University. 


What is it about?

The world today is facing new problems and dilemmas. These are challenges for an entirely new generation, who have a whole range of visual tools at their disposal. This is a generation that often lives in virtual reality – it is no wonder that post-production is now the hottest trend in photography. The big question is, how can photography stay relevant in this changing environment, even while it is losing its uniqueness as a medium. 

It is particularly interesting to look at the current state of photojournalism: we live in an age where thanks to our smartphones and social media, everyone can feel like a photographer, a photojournalist, a fine art photographer.  

This seminar on the burning issues affecting the industry of photojournalism is not only for creators, as these questions affect all readers and viewers of media, images and videos. The event will provide unique information and experience for both press professionals, art and communication students, or anyone interested in photography. 

Get immersed in the stories of international experts, illustrated with projected images, without nostalgia, and join the discussion generated between the speakers and the audience.   

The seminar is a tribute to an era where the credibility of photography was not yet questioned; to an era where photographers were witnesses, not mere selfie-takers, and certainly not the producers of fake news.  

We will reflect on the present and look to the future to discuss the main challenges facing the profession and how photographers and press photography can adapt to these.  

The event will be joined by two world-class, internationally distinguished speakers from ‘West’ and ‘East’ in addition to the renowned Hungarian professionals and artists invited to our roundtable discussion. 



Introducing the participants of the Meetup


Robert Pledge

Journalist, curator, World Press Photo jury member

Robert Pledge

Robert Pledge is French-British journalist and curator. A student of West African languages and anthropology and a jazz practitioner, he found his way into journalism and photography as a specialist of African affairs. 

In 1976, he co-founded in New York Contact Press Images, earning the reputation as an elite and innovative presence in the world of photojournalism. He has curated photographic exhibitions throughout the world and edited numerous books. 

He is a former president of the Board of Trustees of The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in New York and of both the Board of Trustees of the Association Gilles Caron and of the Dotation Catherine Leroy in Paris. He has sat on major international juries including that of the World Press Photo Foundation on three occasions and of which he was the chair in 2000. 

Daniela Mrázkova

publicist, curator, World Press Photo jury member

Daniela Mrázkova

Daniela Mrázkova is a Czech publicist, former editor-in-chief of Revue Fotografie and Fotografie-Magazin, author of 26 books on photography and photographers published world-wide, and curator of over five dozen photographic exhibitions presented in several countries. 

She curated the groundbreaking international exhibition in Prague called What is Photography for the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography and is also the author of film and TV documentaries on photography and photographers. 

She was awarded the Kodak Photobook Prize and has served on international juries of World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Interfoto, E.Smith Award, among others. She is also the founder of Czech Press Photo contest. 

Roundtable discussion

Péter Korniss

award-winning photographer and photojournalist, World Press Photo jury member

Péter Korniss

Péter Korniss is one of the greatest masters of contemporary Hungarian photography. He is recipient of the “Artist of the Nation” award and teacher of Budapesti Metropolitan University’s photography programs.

He is member of the Advisory Boards of World Press Photo (Amsterdam) and the W. Eugene Smith Foundation (USA). Since 2007 he is a founding member of Sony World Photographic Academy (UK).

He has worked for many international magazines, including National Geographic, GEO Magazine, Fortune, Time and Forbes. He has published twentyone books. Exhibitions of his photographs have been held in various galleries and museums in sixteen countries. He was awarded the Balázs Béla Prize in 1975, the Kossuth Prize in 1999, and in 2004 the Pullitzer Memorial Prize.

Moderator of the discussion

István Virágvölgyi

photo editor, curator, European jury member of World Press Photo 2022

István Virágvölgyi

István Virágvölgyi studied freehand drawing, desktop publishing, photography and earned a master’s degree from library and information studies at Eötvös Loránd University.

He worked at the leading Hungarian news portal Origo first as photo editor and then as head of photography between 2007 and 2011. Then he joined MTI Hungarian News Agency and served as head of the photo desk for three years. He lectured about documentary photography and photo editing at the Budapest Metropolitan University between 2014 and 2019. Since 2014 he works as curator of the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center, he is secretary of the Capa Grand Prize Hungary and the editor of Weekly Fortepan blog.

Since 2016 he is cultural advisor of the Archabbey of Pannonhalma, since 2018 volunteer editor of the Fortepan digital photo archive, and since 2021 member of the board of trustees of the József Pécsi Photography Scholarship for young artists.

Tamás Révész

award-winning photographer and photojournalist, World Press Photo jury member

Tamás Révész

Tamas Revesz is an award-winning photographer (Pulitzer Memorial Prize, World Press Photo, Béla Balázs, Aleksander Rodchenko among others) and a teacher of photojournalism at Budapest Metropolitan University.

Author of twelve photo books, his work has been published by major magazines, he is a worldwide exhibited artist.

He has been member of the international jury of World Press Photo. Recipient of Howard Chapnik Grant by W. Eugene Smith Foundation. Curator of photo exhibitions to Budapest – Capa Brothers, Anthony Suau, Tomasz Gudzowaty, Peter Turnley, etc. Organizer of World Press Photo exhibition to Budapest for almost three decades.


Join the event!


Hungarian National Museum, Auditorium
1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 14-16.


29.10.2022, Saturday

The event and seminar will be held in English


Robert Plege - presentation


Daniela Mrázková - presentation


Roundtable discussion

Purchased tickets allow entry to both the seminar of Budapest Metropolitan University and the World Press Photo exhibition as well. 

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The Meetup is a public event. Photography, audio, and video recording will occur the event, and these may also include content of visitors such as yourself. Please keep this in mind and note that you will not be able to make any claim against the organizers or the creators and legitimate users of the recordings.

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