The lifework of Péter Korniss is not only special because he was able to create numerous series of photographs over the past five decades, but also due to the degree to which he was able to capture social change in all of his work. Black and white pictures give way to colored ones. A Michael Jackson poster appears next to an array of family photos. The last generation of women to wear traditional folk garments are seen on their way to the big city to work. Korniss offers up glimpses of a world rich in folklore, shows us the change from a traditional to a modern society, and reminds us of the importance of keeping our past alive.
If you like these photographs and would like to learn more about the man behind the lens, then do not miss our two-part interview with Peter Korniss, covering his life and his art, starting from his childhood up until his most recent exhibition in his hometown of Kolozsvár/Cluj-Napoca in 2019. For our Péter Korniss interview, click here!
Title image: Nativity Players in the Housing Estate 2010 (Photo: Péter Korniss)