aka: Csortos / Csortos Szabo / originally: Sandor Szabo
Born in 1962, Karcag, Hungary.
1980: Graduated from the High School of Applied Arts, Budapest. 1985: Degree from the Interior Design Faculty of the University of Applied Arts, Budapest. 1986: Member of the National Association of Hungarian Artists. 1992: Member of the National Association of Hungarian Journalists. 2015: Member of the Hungarian Film Academy.
He became interested in photography while at the High School of Applied Arts, and although he originally continued his studies at the Interior Design Faculty of the University of Applied Arts, his fate brought him repeatedly back to photography. His diploma work at university involved the interior design of the Andre Kertesz Museum in Szigetbecse, followed by the installation design of the exhibition hall of the Museum of Hungarian Photography in Kecskemet, in 1991.
One year later, he was already working as a photographer for the magazines “ELITE” and “Ashes and Diamonds” (Hamu és Gyémánt). When the ELITE Magazine was temporarily discontinued, he became unemployed. Later on, he undertook jobs at advertising agencies, working as a copywriter, then as an art director, and eventually became a creative director as well. He got acquainted with television production during this period: first, as a producer of entertainment programs, and later, he turned to documentaries, making portrait films and cultural programs for the Hungarian National Television. His film, entitled “In An Alien World”, portraying professor Elemér Hankiss debuted in the Budapest movie theatres as well. He has also been working as a feature film producer.
He went for the first time to South-East Asia in January 2000. The decisive journey led to his first independent exhibition entitled “Angkor – Ruins of a City in the Jungle” consisting of his photos taken in Cambodia. The exhibition was visited by more than 12,000 people in 3 weeks, including Mr. Árpád Göncz, the President of the Hungarian Republic at the time, and by H.H.S. the 14th Dalai Lama. One year later, he was invited to India by the Government Tourist Board of the Republic of India to take photos of the Temples of Khajuraho. The photos illustrated the exhibition entitled “Khajuraho – Mysticism and Eroticism”, at the Museum of Applied Arts in Budapest. His first book entitled “Light Relations” (Fény, viszony) made jointly with poet Krisztina Tóth was published in 2004. This book and two other series of photos were awarded Honorable Mention at the International Photography Awards (IPA) in Los Angeles in 2005. In the same year, the book was also selected for the collection of the British National Library (London).
Sandor Csortos Szabo’s photos have won several awards at international photography competitions and he has participated in several independent and group exhibitions. He currently is still working in various film and television productions, while continuing his creative activities in the field of autonomous art photography.
Official sponsor: Leitz Hungaria – Leica