How much can happen between taking two photographs even when the photographer quickly presses the shutter release button again? We are looking into this question through an expanded selection of before and after photo pairs from Fortepan originally featured at the Hungarian National Gallery’s 2019 exhibition titled Every Past is My Past.
Undoubtedly the biggest Fortepan discovery of 2021 was the debut of the images of cameraman Sándor Kereki, which have been sitting in a drawer for 50 years. The translation of the article about him launched the bi-weekly English edition of Fortepan Weekly two weeks ago.
Last year, 150 other donors have honoured the archive with their trust, including the legacy of film director György Révész, the aviation history pictures of Ferenc Nasztanovics and Milkó’s collection of local history from Szabadka. Two of our important photojournalistic authors, Zoltán Szalay and Tamás Urbán, have also added new frames to the site.
The Fortepan site has also been expanded with company archives, with 5,000 images from the Budapest Photo Company (Főfotó), but the photos of the Red Army in Budapest in 1945, the Budapest Dance School Archive and the World War I collection of the Austrian National Library are also exciting additions to the collection.
Here comes a taste of 30 favourites from the 15,000 new photos of 2021.