Adam Magyar

Born in Budapest in 1972, Adam Magyar lives and works in Berlin.
Ever fascinated by the constant hum of all megalopolis, Adam Magyar offers a new approach of time and space.

 


SQUARE
Just an urban element amongst others, mankind is at the heart of the SQUARE series. Adam Magyar  captures one at a time, the passage of streetwalkers from a bridge. After a painstakingly long numeric piecing together in order to recompose these crowds against an urban background ; which, beyond their socio/economic or cultural status, form a homogenous whole, a social gestalt.

URBAN FLOW
For Urban Flow, Adam Magyar uses cameras usually geared for photo-finish ; i.e. an instantaneous  vertical screening of one pixel from a fixed point ; in order to capture not so much a few seconds but rather several (2  to 3) minutes of such urban landscapes. Thus , static objects become linear, whereas those in motion are pictures with relative degrees of reality as far as their motion-speed is concerned. With neither starting nor finishing points, such beings evolve in the midst of a universe akin to them.  "We are born, live and die as so many individuals , but also as as tiny motes in our own man-made structure we call cities or collectivities", explains Magyar. Like Contemporary Vanities, the artist , thanks to imagery, redefines the transient characteristic of the time allotted to us on an infinite linear scale.

STAINLESS
Following the same logic as that used for Urban Flow, Stainless also bears on the part of individuality that we profess. Thanks to a reprogrammed industrial quality slit-cam , modified to suit his needs, the Artist freezes the instant when subway wagons , still traveling at full speed, enter the station. Huge aseptized metal skeleton gliding away into the heart of oblivion, the trains look alive via visible human situations across their windows. Whereas some passengers, probably harassed by their daily routine remain passive, others are all business, but all share a common goal : destination.

 


Finalist of the International Photographic Awards both in Fine-Art but also in the Special Category in 2009, Adam Magyar was also the recipient of the Lens International Culture Expo in 2010. For the past 10 years, his works have been presented in numerous countries : in Finland for the Photographic Biennal Expo in Helsinki, at the Ethnographic Museum in Hungary?s Budapest, In Houston- USA ?s Fine Arts Museum and the Photography Center (the former having purchase one of his artworks). They have equally found their place in the Deutsche Bank?s Collection in Germany, Hong Kong?s Heritage Museum, and the Bidwell Project?s in Ohio.  His work has also been published in the books In The Life of Cities, by Mohsen Mostafavi in collaboration with Harvard University's School of Design, in Light and Lens by Robert Hirsch as well as in the magazines Digital Camera (United-Kingdom), Discover (USA), AM Post (Hong-Kong), etc.

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Adam Magyar Né / Born: Debrecen, Hungary , 1972
Vit et travaille / Live and works: Berlin, Germany


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS INDIVIDUELLES / SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 Kontinuum, Houston Center for Photography, Houston (E.-U.)
Kontinuum, Lightwork, Syracuse (Italy)
2012 Kontinuum, Faur Zsofi Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)
2011 Underworld, Balassi Intézet, Berlin (Allemagne)
Beyond Perspective, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong (China)
2006 Comearound, Retorta Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)
2005 TaxiJam, Miró Photo Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)
2002 Kashi Vishwanath Express, Miró Photo Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)


PRINCIPALES EXPOSITIONS COLLECTIVES / SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
ART FAIRS
2013 Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)
Love Will Destroy Us In The End, Art Suites Gallery, Istanbul (Turkey)
Light of Day, Transformer Station, Cleveland (E.-U.)
2012 Breaking God?s Heart, BSA, Liebkranz Galerie, Berlin (Germany)
Helsinki Photography Biennial, Helsinki City Museum (Finland)
2011 Life as it seems, Ráday Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)
Young European Landscape, BSA @ CHB, Berlin BSA @ Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg (Denmark)
Flashart, Whart, Toulouse (France)
2010 Photographie Hongroise Contemporaine, Ráday Gallery - Institut Hongrois, Paris (France)
Separated by Daily Life, Rhubarb East at Mailbox, Birmingham (Great-Britain)
2009 Defining Urban Life, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong (China)
Art Sunday, Karin Weber Gallery, Hong Kong (China)
2008 József Pécsi Scholarship Annual Exhibition, Hungarian House of Photography, Budapest (Hungary)
2007 It depends on your point of view, Metro Gallery, Budapest (Hungary)
Bits, Bytes and Pixels, Island6, Shanghai (China)
József Pécsi Photography Scholarship Winners Exhibition, Hungarian Academy, Rome (Italy)
2006 Untitled Santa, Island6, Shanghai (China)
I Love LEDs, Island6, Shanghai (China)
Getting Along, Island6, Shanghai (China)
2004 XXIII Press Photo 2003 Exhibition, Ethnographic Museum, Budapest (Hungary)


BOURSES ET DISTINCTIONS / GRANTS AND AWARDS:
2010 Honourable mention, Lens Culture International Exposure Awards
2009 1st prize winner in both Fine Art (Collage) & Special (Aerial) professional categories in nternational
Photography Awards (IPA)
2006 - 2007 Jozsef Pecsi Scholarship
2004 Grand Prize, Hungarian Press Photo


COLLECTIONS
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,Deutsche Bank
Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Bidwell Projects


BIBLIOGRAPHIE / BIBLIOGRAPHY
PRESSE / PRESS
PDN (US), March, 2012
DIGITAL KAMERA MAGAZIN (UK), February, 2012
FLASH ART (Hungary), January, 2012
MUERTO MAGAZIN (Hungary), February, 2011
SVM MAC (France), No232, 2010
KATALOG (Denmark), 22.2, 2010
PQ MAGAZINE (US), Number 99, 2010
UNIT MAGAZIN (Hungary), July, 2010
DISCOVER MAGAZINE (US), April, 2010
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY (US), April, 2010
ZOOM MAGAZIN (Hungary), December, 2009
LQ MAGAZINE (Ukraine), October, 2009
BRITISH JOURNAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY (UK), 23.09.0
9 AM POST (Hong Kong), September, 2009
HK MAGAZINE (Hong Kong), September 4, 2009


ART COMMISSION
"Walking As One? Commissions in Newham, London and Birmingham, UK Produced by Rhubarb

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