Saturday, August 13, 2011

Art photographer Zoltan Hajtmanszki knocks on the "Gate to Infinitude"

"Gate to Infinitude" Photograph by Hajtmanszki Zoltan (2011)

"Gate to Infinitude"
a poem by
 Zoltan Hajtmanszki
In English, August 2011

that could be dead-ended siding 
but it can be freedom 

you are looking 
for the end

free of all mantras
and all needs
it just elevates you
to the end

finishing all cleared sounds
an accord that never ends
a deepness of all emotions
you could never 

He spoke slowly and clearly but not hesitantly in his second language, English. 

Hungarian, self-taught documentary art photographer Zoltan Hajtmanszki (Hajtmanszki Zoltan, in proper Hungarian word order), keeps digging deeper and deeper, probing his art's boundaries.

And if any boundaries actually exist, what are they, how can they be breached or understood?


Zoltan, age 49, is an internationally exhibited and published documentary art photographer, living in Szentendre, Hungary, about 20 kilometers north of Budapest.

Zoltan Hajtmanszki
Photo by Stefan van Drake (2011)

He seeks redefining his journey but more importantly, the concept or concepts behind it.

Graphic artist and photographer Zoltan owns the technical skills to blur boundaries of his eye's limits, while not losing sight of a central understanding: We all serve nature.

He says he´s moving into depths of landscapes and nature, exploring. 

Only recently, after months of experimentation and thought, working with original landscape images, did he begin to understand this visual and conceptual quest, creating his art photograph, "Gate to Infinitude," first published here.

It crystallizies only then to blur, to elude him, then later to reappear as another image.

"Gate to Infinitude" is Zoltan's work in progress.

"Gate to Infinitude" Photograph by Hajtmanszki Zoltan (2011)

Zoltan's works are in nine Hungarian public collections, including the Hungarian National Museum, Museum of Hungarian Theatre History, Budapest Historical Museum, Ministry of Interior, Refugee Department, Hungarian Museum of Photography.

He enjoys many private collectors. Five Budapest galleries represent him. 

He has participated in 12 group shows since 1964 and 14 solo exhibitions since 1966, five of them in France, two of those in Paris. 

He's an ArtTraveler extraordinaire, recording facts and human feelings in France, the United States, Italy, India, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Greece, Germany and extensively in Hungary.

He has published two additional books of his works, one of street life in Paris, the other about Balkan refugees in Hungary. He has also published two electronic/digital books of his works.

Zoltan recently signed a contract for a third print book with Sterling Publishing Co. of New York. His images shall complement prose by various writers on the subject of reading. No publishing date has been set.

Here are a few representative images of Zoltan's work:
Flaneur Zoltan Hajtmanszki's Visual Journey Part II

Mantra, 2009 Vrindavan, India Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki

"Leper with paper,"  2009 Varanasi, India Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki

"Football in the spring light," 2004 Budapest Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki

"Walking on water. Spring flooding", 2002 Budapest Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki

"Repairing nylons. Shop window," 1987 Budapest Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki

"Pioneer Railway," 2006 Budapest Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki 

"Jewish Memorial Statue" Budapest 2007
Photograph by Zoltan Hajtmanszki

Rock on and practice peace and love.
Stefan, the ArtTraveler ™

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"Spanish life stilled," photograph by Stefan van Drake (2009)

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