Arja Hyytiäinen

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Arja is a great photographer, excellent printer, and also a dear friend. I learnt a lot from her, and for years I have assisted her in printing her eerie, high-contrast photos. She works hard on her prints in the darkroom, having a very clear idea how the final prints should appear, so sometimes we looked like cursing witches, when with four hands we dodged and burned through the exposure under the red light. In 2012 she had a show in Marseilles, and because she was pregnant at that time, I stepped up and printed the photos for her.

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Installation view of Arja Hyytiäinen / Ali Taptic at L’Atelier de visu in Marseilles, 2012

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Installation view of Arja Hyytiäinen / Ali Taptic at L’Atelier de visu, Marseilles, 2012

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Installation view of Arja Hyytiäinen

“The photographer Arja Hyytiäinen is a traveler. Native from the Finnish-Swedish border area, she lives between Berlin and Paris with her camera as sole companion. As a fine observer, she likes to depicher the human being. Whether she is in a small village in Moldova, or in Kreuzberg district in Berlin, she takes pictures of real lifecand does not hesitate to meet people who are on the fringes of society. She reveals spontaneous through black and white pictures. The photographer strongly believes in the decisive instant before it changes, this moment is so intense that the photographic act is similar to a scene, and his photographs seem straight out of a fiction movie. Arja Hyytiäinen works with light and darkness, and managed to create an athmosphere between silence and loneliness. The image processing in the darkroom is an important step in her creative act.” Agence Vu

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Edit Billinger: Notizen

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Edit Billinger is a Hungarian writer, poet, literally translator, and photographer living in Germany. in 2013, whe she finished her studies in the Neue Schule für Fotografie in Berlin, she asked me to help her print her final show. This sensitive, personal series took its final form as a (note)book (Notizen) combined with text, but … more

Photogram

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One of the first workshops I held in the Simplon lab was the Photogram workshop. It was so much fun! “A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The result is a … more

Shai Saul: Archeology of the Future

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One of my first serious printing job was to Enlarge Shai Saul’s photo murals for his show in Förster Galerie in Berlin, in 2009, titled the Archeology of the Future. At that time I did not have the proper lab that I do now, so I rented one out in Budapest and did the final … more

Sverre Strandberg: Spring exhibition

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In 2013 Sverre Strandberg, a Norvegian artist, participated in a group show in Oslo, showing his surreal large format photographs, which I printed for him in Berlin. Installation view of @Sverre Strandberg in Fotogalleriet, Oslo Installation view of @Sverre Strandberg in Fotogalleriet, Oslo Installation view of @Sverre Strandberg in Fotogalleriet, Oslo Installation view of @Sverre Strandberg in Fotogalleriet, Oslo … more

The beginning: working for Jeff Cowen

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Jeff Cowen and Csilla Szabó in the Cowen studio ©Bálint Meggyesi   I arrived in Berlin just after finishing a traditional photo school back in Budapest in 2007. I was exceptionally lucky, as two weeks after my arrival I began to work as an assistant for Jeff Cowen fine art photographer. I immediately fell in … more

Timea Oravecz: What happens when nothing happens

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Timea Oravecz, a good friend of mine and a great conceptual artist, asked me to participate in a project of hers in 2012: She built a camera obscura in a Berlin-based gallery, which was big enough that people could walk in and see the inverted reflection of the street view on a screen in the … more

Work in progress: Printing the Antanas Sutkus show

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It was a great honor for me when I was asked by Eric Schlosser, the creative director of the ArtVilnius Art Fair, to print large-scale photo murals for the renowed photographer Antanas Sutkus – a living legend, the “Homer of Lithuania” as they call him. I went to Vilnius in person to pick up the … more