5Q2 - Tamas Dezsö

In May 2021, Tamas Dezsö, a photographer from Budapest, tells us on how Emanuele Coccia and Michael Marde have influenced his work – in our format 5 questions to (5Q2), where we talk to the artists of our Instagram takeovers about the work they show, their influences and upcoming plans.

Tamas Dezsö

Tamas was born in 1978, and is based in Budapest. His work has been exhibited and collected worldwide and has been published in TIME, The New York Times, National Geographic, Harper’s, GEO, Le Monde Magazine, The Sunday Times, PDN, Ojo de Pez, The British Journal of Photography and many others.


Fototreff: Did you encounter a special challenge while working on the project you’re showing?

Tamas Dezsö: I have been working on the project for years, researching and reading a lot in connection with it. The greatest challenge clearly involves how to make the intention and essential thinking beyond the images received and understood at a time when effort spent on reception and interpretation has practically ceased or is considered a luxury.

Fototreff: Is there a photographer or artist who influenced you in a particular way?

Tamas Dezsö: Emanuele Coccia and Michael Marder have clearly had the greatest influence on me and my work. They are both contemporary philosophers and, like many others, I regard philosophers as artists. They have completely changed my thinking about the relationship between human beings and nature, about plants and the planet.

Fototreff: Which (photo) book should everybody own (or you would like to have?)

Tamas Dezsö: Any book which includes Richard Avedon’s photographs.

Fototreff: Can you recommend an exhibition we should go and see right away?

Tamas Dezsö: There cannot be a more important exhibition than After Us, the Flood in the Kunst Haus Wien.

Fototreff: Have you started working on a new project? Any beans to spill?

Tamas Dezsö: I think I am going to continue my new work Hypothesis: Everything is Leaf in the forthcoming years. I have never felt such a strong urge to communicate in connection with any of my earlier works.

Thank you very much for this short interview and your takeover.

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