On August 2nd, Tamas Dezso's captivating photos of rural Romania will be exhibited at The Half King. Once described as a fantastic, tattered land of hope," Romania is tradition-bound yet economically and technologically on the move. From 2003-2007, Dezso documented its villages as the country's impending EU membership came closer. Motivated by the "romantic and naive idea" of showing Hungarians how Romanians live (Dezso is Hungarian), Dezso made over ten trips during his five-year project.
On opening night, Dezso and Anna Van Lenten, co-curator of The Half King Photography Series, will moderate a slideshow of his work.
Tamas Dezso was born in 1978 in Budapest, Hungary, where he has lived all his life. He went to Budapest University of Technology to study engineering and quickly realized it wasn’t for him, so switched to taking pictures in 2001. The recipient of many awards, his most recent is First Place in the Project Competition category of the 2011 Center Awards. “The Dignity of Isolation,” will be the first solo exhibition in New York of Dezso’s Romania work.