Photo: Irén Jánosi
Krisztián Tóta
‘Photographs are all we have and every picture is a self-portrait after all.’ – Ákos Győrffy | Motherland

I am a freelance photographer based in Budapest, Hungary. 

I was born in 1979. I graduated from the Faculty of Law then I qualified as a tax adviser. I really started to take photographs in 2013.

I am especially interested in people-centered documentary photography and portraiture.

Framing real happenings, human stories, faces, emotions, moods, thoughts from my point of view, yet remaining authentic to the themes that are often profound and grotesque, humorous at the same time, not lacking playing with forms, structures, spirituality and surreal features either, which inspire me when I release the shutter.

Distinctions

I was awarded the AFIAP (Artist FIAP) distinction by the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) in 2017, followed by the EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) distinction in 2019 for my results at international photo competitions under FIAP Patronage.

I was given the A-MAFOSZ (Artist MAFOSZ) distinction in 2019, the A-MAFOSZ/b (Artist MAFOSZ bronze) distinction in 2021 by the Association of Hungarian Photoclubs (AHP) for my results at Hungarian photo contests under MAFOSZ Patronage or acknowledged by MAFOSZ and at international photo competitions under FIAP Patronage.

Selected awards, acknowledgments

9. Documentary Family Awards ‘DFA’ – Spring 2021– category: ‘Nothing Is Better Than Real Life’ (2021) – two photos were selected as finalists   

International Photography Awards ‘IPA’ (2020) – Professional – People, Street Photography – Honorable Mention  

HVG Extra The Woman – ‘Our Weekday Heroic Deeds’ – graphic and photocontest (2020) – two photos were selected to the exhibition 

Hungary 365 (2020) – one photo was selected to the book of the photocontest (edition 2019) 

14th ’Twelve Months of the Hungarian Tricolour’ (2020) – 1st Prize 

Short Street Stories – a collective tribute to Martin Parr’s and Nick Turpin’s street photography – two photos were selected to the book presented as an ambitious tribute to the two photographers, consisting of pictures of 173 authors from all over the world

Photo Hungarikum 2019 – four photos were added to the book in connection with the EFIAP (Excellence FIAP) and the A-MAFOSZ (Artist MAFOSZ) distinctions which I had been awarded

RefCOO – Reformed Culture Research Workshop – God in the 21st Century – photo contest (2019) – 1st Prize

HVG Extra The Woman – ‘Our Lovable Dependencies’ – graphic and photocontest (2019) – one photo was selected to the exhibition

13th Community Centers Night and Day (2019) – 1st Prize

37th Hungarian Press Photo Contest (2018) – one photo was selected to the exhibition of the Hungarian Press Photo Contest at Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center – Budapest, Hungary, and that photo was added to the book titled ‘Pictures of the Year 2018’ edited from the exhibited works, in the category of ‘Socio Documentary Photography (singles)’

IV Circuito Ibérico de Fotografía – Spain (FIAP 2019/008-011, PSA 2019-023) – IV Salón Internacional de Berga ‘Tirabol 2019’ – category: Photojournalism – FIAP Honourable Mention

FKNS Winter Circuit 2018 – Serbia, Montenegro (FIAP 2018/554-558, PSA 2018-498) – Salon Kotor (Montenegro) – category: Open Colour – Salon Honorable Mention

Brooklyn – New York 2018 (FIAP 2018/402, PSA 2018-186, MOL 2018-28) – United States – category: Open Color – MOL Ribbon

New York – Manhattan – 2018 (FIAP 2018/164, PSA 2018-009) – United States – category: Open Color – Salon Silver Medal

New York – Manhattan – 2018 (FIAP 2018/164, PSA 2018-009) – United States – category: Street – PSA Honorable Mention

Marie Claire – ‘The Diversity of a Woman’s Life’ (2018) – 3rd Prize [the awarded series consisting of 5 images was published in Marie Claire’s 12th year, 6th issue (June, 2018)]

DPW WMC CIRCUIT 2018 – Serbia (FIAP 2018/084-086, PSA 2018-162) – Salon Novi Sad – category: Man – Salon Honorable Mention

2nd Exhibition DESIRE 2017 – Serbia (FIAP 2017/385, PSA 2017-310) – category: Photojournalism – Salon Bronze

Photographer of the Year 2017 – ‘Street Life’ – 3rd Prize [Hungarian semi-final of the European photocontest titled EISA Photo Maestro Awards – 5 images from the series consisting of 8 photos were published in Professional Photo Magazine’s 2017/3rd (19th year, 135th) issue]

Man Sitting on the Bench – Portrait photocontest (2017) – category: Portrait – 1st Prize

8th ‘THE WORLD of LABOUR’ (2017) – 3rd Prize

Photo Hungarikum 2017 – two photos were added to the book in connection with the AFIAP (Artist FIAP) distinction which I had been awarded

4th MALINIK Digital Circuit 2017 – Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (FIAP 2017/080-083, PSA 2017-089) – Salon Belogradchik (Bulgaria) – category: People of the World – NAPB Gold Medal

1st International Circular Exhibition ‘BALKAN FRAME 2017’ – Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia (FIAP 2017/118-120, PSA 2017-087) – Salon ‘Perast’ (Montenegro) – category: Open Colour – PSA Honorable Mention

5th International Photocontest and Exhibition to the Day of Fidelity – Sopron (FIAP 2016/412, MAFOSZ 2016/005) – category: Special theme – People – FIAP Honourable Mention

Photocontest to the 60th anniversary of the Revolution and War of Independence of 1956 titled ’56 from the Point of View of Posterity’ – category: Literary illustration (in accordance with a literary work about ’56) – MAFOSZ Silver Medal

21th Jászkun Photo Salon (2016) – Salon 2nd Prize

7th ‘THE WORLD of LABOUR’ (2016) – Special Award

Photo Hungarikum 2016 – one photo was added to the book which was also exhibited in the joint exhibition of the 23rd MAFOSZ Salon (2016)

3rd Past and Present (2016) – category: colour – 1st Prize

20th Esztergom Photography Biennal – theme: ‘Intangible’ – 2016 – Selected to the 20th Esztergom Photography Biennal (published in the printed catalogue)

Metro Photo Challenge (2014) – category: ‘Urban Escape’ – Local Winner (International Finalist)

Selected exhibitions

HVG Extra The Woman – ‘Our Weekday Heroic Deeds’ – graphic and photocontest (2020) – joint exhibition – Arena Mall – Budapest (5-11 October 2020)   

Short Street Stories – a collective tribute to Martin Parr’s and Nick Turpin’s street photography – book presentation and joint exhibition – Trieste Photo Days 2019 – Sala Veruda – Palazzo Costanzi – Trieste, Italy (25 October – 10 November 2019)

DancePictures – dance in contemporary photography – joint exhibition – MANK Gallery (Old Artists’ Colony of Szentendre) – Szentendre, Hungary (28 August – 25 September 2019)

RefCOO – Reformed Culture Research Workshop – God in the 21st Century – joint exhibition – Szárszó Conference of Reformed People – Balatonszárszó, Hungary (23-25 August 2019)

RefCOO – Reformed Culture Research Workshop – God in the 21st Century – joint exhibition – Star Point Reformed Youth Meeting – Debrecen, Hungary (23-27 July 2019)

URBAN 2019 Photo Awards + Exhibition – joint exhibition – Trieste Airport – Ronchi dei Legionari, Italy (26 July 2019 – 7 August 2019)

HVG Extra The Woman – ’Our Lovable Dependencies’ – graphic and photocontest (2019) – joint exhibition – Arena Mall – Budapest, Hungary (6-12 May 2019)

37th Hungarian Press Photo Contest (2018) – joint exhibition – Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center – Budapest, Hungary (5 April – 12 May 2019)

URBAN 2018 Photo Awards + Exhibition – joint exhibition – Pierwszy Lokal – Krakow, Poland (3 – 15 September 2018)

URBAN 2018 Photo Awards + Exhibition – joint exhibition – 400 Bar – Budapest, Hungary (25 August – 25 September, 2018)

Marie Claire – ’The Diversity of a Woman’s Life’ (2018) – joint exhibition – Allée Shopping Mall – Budapest, Hungary (24-29 April 2018)

Budapest Cultural Center – joint exhibition of the awarded competitors of BMK’s photocontest in 2016 titled 32nd Visual Artistic – Budapest, Hungary (5 – 25 September 2017)

20th Esztergom Photography Biennal ’Intangible’ – joint exhibition – B32 Gallery and Cultural Place – Budapest, Hungary (9 November – 2 December 2016)

20th Esztergom Photography Biennal ’Intangible’ – joint exhibition – Esztergom Castle Museum of the Hungarian National Museum and Danube Museum – Esztergom, Hungary (2 September – 2 October 2016)

23rd MAFOSZ Salon (2016) – joint exhibition – Ferenc Liszt Conference and Cultural Centre – Sopron, Hungary (July 2016);

Street – Portrait – Art – individual exhibition – Sándor Kőrösi Csoma Kőbánya Cultural Centre – Budapest, Hungary (June 2016)

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