UNIQUE OPENING ON JAPAN'S NATIONAL DAY.
The "Károlyi" Castle in Carei hosted on Thursday, February 23, 2023, from 18:00, a special cultural event dedicated to the National Day of Japan, which is the birthday of His Majesty, Emperor Naruhito, a special day in which Summit Agro Romania ( SAR) wanted to congratulate the Japanese people, the Embassy of Japan in Romania and the affiliated Japanese members. On this occasion, the opening ceremony of the exhibition of the photo exhibition entitled "Japan as seen by photographers from Romania", organized by the International Association "Euro Photo Art" under the patronage of the Embassy of Japan in Romania, dedicated to this anniversary event, representing the connection of the Summit Agro company, took place Romania, rooted in common ideals, promoting Japan, traditions, culture and innovative technology in agriculture. On this occasion, 70 black-and-white and color photographs were exhibited, taken in Tokyo and Yokohama last fall by a group of photographers, who participated in Tokyo at the opening of the exhibition entitled "People and landscapes from Romania and Japan" dedicated to the anniversary 100 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Japan.The highly successful event took place in a very special location, Károlyi Castle, from Carei (Satu Mare county), a well-known place in the history of Romanian diplomacy (the so-called Peleș of Transylvania), a place linked to Japan through the figures of Their Excellencies King Ferdinand and Regia Maria of Romania, who initiated the diplomatic relationship between Romania and Japan a century ago and who used to visit and have meetings at this wonderful Castle. The opening was broadcast online from the Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/toth.stefan.istvan/videos/1250830302209672 The audience present in a very large number (over 100 participants) was greeted by Dr. Patricia Stirbu, the president of the Japanese multinational company Sumitomo in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and the countries of the former Yugoslavia, who emphasized in her speech the role along the 25 years of activity in Romania Summit Agro, company in this case in plant protection. "This was also possible through the extraordinary collaboration with our partners - the companies Agrotex, Promat and Agroind who brought Japanese technology to the gates of partner farms, to whom I thank them in this way as well. Together with them, we will continue to intensively support the development of agriculture and Romanian farmers with Japanese products and technology, for the crops of the fertile land in these lands," said the president of SAR. Next, the mayor of the municipality of Carei Eugen Kovács emphasized the importance of this day and thanked the organizers for choosing the Károlyi Castle, from Carei for this exceptional event. During the event, Dragoș Georgescu, manager of the "Gróf Károlyi" Center for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism Foundation, read the message of His Excellency, Mr. Hiroshi UEDA, Ambassador of Japan in Romania. "I want to congratulate and thank you for organizing the photo exhibition "Japan as seen by photographers from Romania" dedicated to the National Day of Japan. Today, February 23rd, Her Majesty turns 63. His Majesty is the 126th Emperor of Japan and belongs to the longest-lived imperial family in the world. I am delighted that a wonderful photography exhibition is being organized on this special occasion and I would like to express my gratitude to the organizers led by the International Association "Euro Foto Art" and Summit Agro Romania who made this event possible. As we saw on the occasion of the 2021 exhibition dedicated to the Centenary of diplomatic relations between the two countries and last year's exhibition in Tokyo, the exchanges between Japan and Romania in the field of photographic art are increasingly dynamic. Such exhibitions contribute to better mutual knowledge and deepening of ties between our peoples. This new exhibition is no exception and under the title "Japan as seen by Romanian photographers" offers an image of Japan as seen by Romanian photographers, being at the same time a good opportunity to discover the country. This year, 2023, the signing of the Strategic Partnership between Japan and Romania will take place, through which the connections in various fields will experience an upward evolution. I hope that initiatives like the current photo exhibition will be more numerous with the development of bilateral relations in the field of culture and arts. In conclusion, I would like to wish good luck to the exhibition and continued success to the exhibiting photographers," the Japanese diplomat said in his message. At the end, the artist photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP the president of AIEFA and the curator coordinator of the project took the floor, who thanked for the special existing partnership with SAR, which allowed the organization of this exceptional event in this wonderful Castle and handed the exhibitors and partners organization of jubilee plaques. The celebration ended with words of thanks from the photographer artist Bikfalvi Zsolt EFIAPg, the president of the "Vasile Vénig László" Photo Club and the partner curator of the event. Musical moments of the opening were offered by the representative of the Group "Duo Sole Fide" from Oradea Thurzó Sándor József (viola), who interpreted the Japanese compositions: "Kono Mischi" by Yamada Kosaku, "Inu no omawarisan" by Onaka Negumi and "Nihonno fuyu" by Watanabe Shigebu".The new exhibition will remain available to the visiting public until March 15, 2023. The exhibits can be viewed on the AIEFA website: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-exbhibitions-halls/efa-digi-gallery/10/ (Photo: Csíki János)
OPENING OF THE BIHOR PHOTO REPORTERS EXHIBITION
Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. took place in the "Euro Foto Art" Gallery, Exhibition Center of the International Federation of Photographic Art Oradea - Romania (the 17th in the world) within the Oradea City Museum section of the Museum Țării Crisurilor - Museum Complex (MȚCr), the opening of the exhibition of photojournalists from the Bihor – Hajdú-Bihar Euroregion. The international exhibition was organized by the International Association "Euro Photo Art" in partnership with Casa Partium from Debrețin (HU), Summit Agro Romania and MȚCr. The audience present at the event was greeted by Dr. Ioan Ciorba, head of the Oradea City Museum section, who appreciated the idea of organizing the exhibition of Bihor photojournalists. Next, the vice-mayor of the municipality of Oradea, Mrs. Nica Antonia Monica, thanked for the opportunity offered to participate in this exceptional opening and for the opportunity offered by the president of AIEFA to view the 72 works accepted and awarded at the VIII edition. of the international exhibition, images with emphasized messages that present the people of the Bihor – Hajdú-Bihar Euroregion in different poses. "Your service as photojournalists is more than an art, because you are the permanent visual chroniclers of our days, which is why you deserve our full respect" the municipal official emphasized at the end of his speech. Next, the media expert Stanik István, the director of the "Partium" House in Debrecen read the message of the deputy mayor of the city twinned with Oradea Puskás István, who regretted very much the fact that he could not honor the invitation he received. "I am glad that the Benyi Gallery in Debrețin is currently hosting the exhibition of the renowned artist photographer from Oradea Ștefan Tóth István who honored the 200th anniversary of the National Anthem. Among the collaboration of photographers from the two counties, that of the photojournalists from the two neighboring counties stands out, thanks to this competition initiated 8 years ago by AIEFA, on the initiative of its president". Media expert Stanik István, director of the "Partium" House from Debrețin and member of the jury, appreciated the professional level of the exhibits from which it can be seen that "the year 2022 meant for the inhabitants of this Euroregion a silence of joy and mutual collaboration, but also the appearance some images that remind us of the conflict that occurred near the borders of our countries in Ukraine". Next, the main curator of the project and the president of AIEFA presented the context in which this international project dedicated to photojournalists from the two counties started 8 years ago with the aim of presenting it annually in exhibitions, in the two twin cities which is the mirror of the most important events held in the Bihor - Hajdú-Bihar Euroregion. At the end, the cup and prize giving ceremony took place. The musical moments of the opening were provided by the students of the Art High School in Oradea. Student Füzesi Sára (VIIIth grade) performed Etude no. 2 by Louis Drouet, Concerto in G major composed for flute by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Old Song by Paul Constantinescu. The student Szakács Panna (9th grade) also performed the musical pieces Tango etude number 3 by Astor Piazzolla, part I and Concerto number 4 by François Devienne on the flute. The students were trained by prof. dr. Mircescu Georgiana and accompanied on the piano by Prof. Ferencz Mercédesz. The opening of the exhibition and the awarding of prizes was broadcast live on the Facebook address of the Association: https://www.facebook.com/EuroFotoArtAssociation All the exhibited images can be admired on the website https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa- exhibition-salons/ro-hu-photoreporters/2023/ All exhibits will be able to be viewed on the screens of modern means of transport in our municipality, thanks to the protocol signed with AIEFA and OTL SA. The international exhibition of Photojournalists from the Bihor – Hajdú-Bihar Euroregion will remain available to tourists and the visiting public until 15.03.2023, from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00 (closed on Mondays).
Two openings on the same day
XI edition. of the International Festival "Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly" organized by the International Association "Euro Photo Art" (AIEFA) under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), recognized by UNESCO, with the support of Summit Agro Romania, offered the possibility of organizing of two personal exhibitions of the artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP. The first exhibition entitled Momente surprinse* was installed on the gallery walls of the "Békés" County Library in Bichișciaba (HU). The opening of the exhibition took place on Friday, January 20, 2023, 11:00 local time in the presence of the author and a large audience, which was welcomed by the director of the institution Rakonczás Szílvia, who emphasized the importance of the Day of Hungarian Culture in the preamble of which the exhibition opening takes place . Next, the exhibiting artist-photographer took the floor, who spoke about his artistic career, presented the 70 photographs on display and thanked for the special conditions created for the organization of the exhibition. The exhibition was opened for the first time on August 8, 2021 in the "Zion" Synagogue in Oradea, it became a permanent fixture and was presented in Berettyóújfalu, Budapest, Giula (HU), Bucharest, Carei and Tțrgu Mureș (RO), respectively Ujhorod (UA). On this occasion, the jubilee album made with the support of Summit Agro Romania will also be presented, which can also be browsed digitally: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-publishing-house/stefan-toth-istvan-afiap-captured-moments / Also on Friday, at 18:00, a new personal exhibition of the artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP entitled The Road of Kölcsey's Life** will be opened in the "Ștefan Vilidár István" Gallery in the Prince's Palace of the Oradea Medieval Citadel (Body C). The exhibition dedicated to the Day of Hungarian Culture was organized in partnership with the House of Culture "Nadány Zoltán" from Berettyóújfalu (HU) and APTOR, with the support of Summit Agro Romania. The public present at the event was greeted by the exhibiting photographer artist as the president of AIEFA, who emphasized in his speech the good existing collaborative relations with the "Nadány Zoltán" House of Culture in Berettyóújfalu (HU). Lisztes Éva, director of the House of Culture, spoke next, emphasizing the importance of the Day of Hungarian Culture, during which the event she is participating in takes place, and stated that "For us, Oradea has always been a city that we felt closer to to our soul than Debrețin. Every time we come with great love to this small town where we feel at home!". Next to the artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP thanked the current and former director Porkaláb Lajos (also present at the event) for the effort made to honor this event with their presence, as well as for the way they have contributed over the years to the success of the events organized in the two cities. The exhibition was made up of 50 black and white photographs taken of the localities that defined the personality of the Hungarian poet, literary critic and politician Kölcsey Ferenc. During the exhibition, Fórián Andrea was also invited to exhibit, who presents 4 photographs alongside the well-known artist photographer from Oradea. The exhibited works can also be admired on the AIEFA website: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-exbhibitions-halls/efa-digi-gallery/05/ At both openings the representatives of the "Duo Sole Fide" Group from Oradea supported appropriate programs. Viola artist Thurzó Sándor József, performed several pieces from the Hungarian repertoire and Fórián Andrea recited several creations of Hungarian poets. The first exhibition of the photographer artist will remain available to the visiting public from Bichișciaba (HU) for one month, and the second exhibition until February 2, 2023 for the visiting public from Oradea.
OPENING WITH CAROLINAS
A specially equipped room at the "Emanuil Gojdu" National College (CNEG), in Oradea, hosted on Monday, December 5, 2022, from 1:00 p.m., the opening of the Debut exhibition of the graduating students of the Online Course of Technique and Photographic Art, with the theme Nature, with its wonders and riches. The course was organized for the students of the College, by the International Association "Euro Photo Art" under the direction of the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP. The opening started with a carol offered by the College Choir, led by Prof. Delia Vulpe. The students, present in a very large number physically and online, were greeted by Mrs. Prof. Anca Mile, director of CNEG, who emphasized the importance of the event, both for the students, who, in addition to their daily concerns, reserved time at the end of the week to participate in this exceptional course, as well as for the College's teachers, and invited the graduates of the course along with her. Ms. Dr. Eng. Patricia Maria Știrbu, president of Summit Agro Romania, Bulgaria, Adria and the Republic of Moldova, made a brief introduction of the Japanese company that supported the financing of this project, organized as an absolute first for the students of the College. "I represent a company that for 25 years has been contributing with Japanese experience and technology to the development of agriculture in Romania. The Summit Agro company belongs to the Sumitomo Group from Japan, which is approaching the anniversary of its 4 centuries of existence. The project carried out with the help of Mrs. Prof. Dana Pușcașiu and Mrs. Director Prof. Anca Mile, whom we thank very much for their support, began a year ago, when in the Citadel of Oradea on December 10, 2021, during an unprecedented event in our city , we celebrated the anniversary of 100 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and Japan. During the anniversary event attended by His Excellency Hiroshi Ueda, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan in Romania, we opened the exhibition of photographic artists from the two countries, entitled "People and landscapes from Romania and Japan". This international exhibition was opened this year, also in Tokyo, Japan, on October 5, 2022, in the presence of E.S. Ovidiu Dranga, Ambassador of Romania to Japan and H.E. Dumitru Socolan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova in Japan, in the presence of a large audience including the representatives of Sumitomo Corporation and their business partners from Japan. The Gojd students who visited the exhibition in the citadel, dedicated to the Romano-Japanese centenary, were inspired by photographic art, as a means of visual communication, through which traditions, nuances, plans and movements were captured so vividly and colorfully, right for which, together, we decided to organize this online course of photographic technique and art, under the direction of the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP. The Debut exhibition of the course graduates, inspired by Nature, with its wonders and riches, was opened in May, in a festive setting in the Royal Palace of the Oradea Medieval Citadel. Then the director Prof. Mile Anca, the director of CNEG, impressed by the performance of the young people, decided that the exhibition should also be opened at the College. Today, on the simese, I admired photos taken with great skill by the graduates of the course on nature, who knew how to highlight everyday subjects, which we pass by many times, without paying attention to them. Art makes us see, understand and love even more these lands full of history and traditions, of which we must be proud and promote them" underlined, in her speech, Dr. Eng. Patricia Maria Știrbu. The director also invited other photography-loving students to enroll in the new course that will be organized for the students of the College in partnership with AIEFA. The lecturer of the course appreciated the good collaboration with the students who participated in the course and the fact that recently, the works of the graduates have had a series of successes at various national and international contests of photographic art. "I will speak from the perspective of a teacher of Romanian language and literature, because you can't help but appreciate the fact that an art such as literature and poetry can meet with another visual art, which is photography. In my opinion, the children had a double gain: firstly, they became more sensitive to detail and secondly, more sensitive to beauty. All this for me as a teacher is a great help, because the students learned what is beautiful in images and I am sure they had a unique experience" said teacher Dana Pușcașiu. In conclusion, the director announced the establishment of the first Photoclub within the College, which will offer opportunities to participate in special creative activities. Dr. Eng. Aurel Bunea, former professor of fruit growing at the Faculty of Environmental Protection
ARTISTS FROM ORADEA PRESENT AT THE OPENING AND RELEASE OF THE ALBUM IN THE
"KÁROLYI" CASTLE IN CAREI.
At the "Károlyi" Castle in Carei, on Saturday, November 05, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., in the presence of an audience that filled the large hall to capacity, the launch of the album entitled "Floating" by the late artist photographer Vasile Vénig László AFIAP from the locality took place . The public present at the event was greeted by the artist photographer Bikfalvi Zsolt AFIAP, who emphasized the special role that the late artist photographer Vasile Vénig László AFIAP had in the cultural life of Carei. The photographic artists Dragoș Georgescu and Dr. Hágó Attila appreciated the special role that the late photographic artist had in the professional and artistic guidance of the members of the current Fotoclub. Next, the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP, was invited to the microphone, in the double capacity of a friend of the late photographer artist and director of the "Euro Foto Art" Publishing House, under whose care the album appeared. "As a guest, I arrived at Carei 45 years ago, at a National Colloquium of Photographic Art, organized by the former Fotoclub "9 Mai" whose president was the late photographer. We collaborated for several decades until the Photoclub was abolished, after which Vasile Vénig László AFIAP became a member of the Photographic Club "Nufărul" from Oradea (CFNO), led by me, where he was active until his passing into eternity. I always appreciated artistic photographs made by him, which were based on an original creativity: conceiving and drawing the "dreamed" creation, photographing and "assembling" the elements in the analog laboratory, which meant painstaking work and a lot of patience. In the knowledge of the case, I can state that until the appearance of the Faculties of Photography, no one in Romania used this demanding way of creativity, which is why it was "envied" by many photographic artists in our country. As the director of the "Euro Foto Art" Publishing House, I was happy when I was contacted by the family members with the proposal to edit this splendid album, to whom I proposed to respect the wishes of the late photographer artist. This evening the viola of Maestro Thurzó Sándor József "mourned" as well as our souls, which mourn the late artist photographer Vasile Vénig László AFIAP emphasized in the conclusion of his speech the president of CFNO and of the International Association "Euro Photo Art". Next, the niece of the late artist photographer and art historian Imecs–Magdó Eszter, stated: The photo album entitled Floating, which the esteemed reader is holding in his hand, is the kaleidoscopic imprint of Vénig László's late creative period. The photos were selected by the artist himself, during the last days he spent among us, with the intention of being edited. Therefore, the album is not only a subjective selection of the latest creations, but also the last wish of the artist". The musical moments were specially prepared for this event by maestro Thurzó Sándor József, who performed the pieces: "Ave Maria", op.17 by Beleznay Antal, "Largo" by Dankó János, "Air" by Macalik Alfréd and " Búvópatak” (Hidden Stream) by Lászlóffy Zsolt. In conclusion, the visiting public was invited to view the annual exhibition of the members of the "Vasile Vénig László" Photoclub installed on the grounds of the first Exhibition Center of the GPU (Photo Global Photographic Union) in Europe, within the "Károlyi" Castle in Carei.
OPENING AND AID FOR TRANSCARPATIA
On Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 14:00 in the "Pallóczi Horváth Simon" Community Center in Batfa, Transcarpathia (UA) in the presence of a large audience, the opening of the personal exhibition of the reformed priest Doban Dorina, member of the Society of Hungarian Photographers from the Carpathian Basin ( KMFT) based in Seghedin (HU). The opening was broadcast online on Facebook, where the event can be seen again https://www.facebook.com/EuroFotoArtAssociation/videos/826741941973183 The exhibition was presented between October 14-28, 2022 in the "Ștefan Vilidár István" Gallery, within the Palace Prince of the Oradea Medieval Citadel during the launch of charity actions initiated to help the needy in Transcarpathia. The public present at the event was greeted by the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP the president of the International Association "Euro Foto Art" (AIEFA) and the vice-president of KMFT (HU), who emphasized in his speech that this vernissage takes place in a context unprecedented, because the event offered the possibility of bringing from Oradea some humanitarian aid from the creative members and sympathizers of AIEF from Romania and beyond the borders of the country and handing them over to the dignitaries of the "Pallo" Reformed Congregation based in Batfa (UA). "I was very impressed by the gesture of some pensioners even over 80 years old, who reacted positively to the AIEFA initiative, donating various clothes and money. Among them was the lady, who graduated from the photographic technique and art course led by the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP over two decades ago, but also the lady teacher, who donated the sum of 900 to this noble cause. so did a member of AIEFA from California (USA), who donated $150" stated the speaker. Regarding the photos exhibited, the well-known Oradean photographer appreciated the consistency of the exhibitor, who continued her work as a photographer. The reformed priest thanked his mentor for the efforts made in organizing his first solo exhibition in Oradea (RO) and now in Batfa (UA). His special thanks were given to those who donated various amounts of money or thick clothing. Next, the coordinator of the collection of these funds and the president of AIEFA announced that 160 kg were collected and handed over. of clothing, 74 kg. of cans and 321 kg. of non-perishable foods (pasta, flour, rice, cooking oil and semolina), respectively two 22 kg boxes. with medicines and personal hygiene materials donated by the "Kárpátalja Ház" House (Transcapratia House) in Kisvárda (HU). The humanitarian aid was transported by the van "Duran's" driven by Mirela Kovács and the car driven by the photographer artist Ovi D. POP EFIAPg. In conclusion, the president of AIEF thanked the citizens who supported this noble project with different amounts of money and clothing, the two drivers for their efforts and the fact that they sacrificed their only day off to carry out their risky transport. His thanks were also addressed to AIEFAI member Csíki János, who made a special effort alongside the AIEFA president to collect clothing donations from different citizens of Oradea and for helping to procure food. The musical moments of the opening were supported by the representative of the "Duo Sole Fide" Group, the artist Thurzó Sándor József, who performed on the viola the pieces: "Largo for solo viola" by Dankó János, "Popular melody" by Lavotta János and "Baroque dance for solo viola" by Charlotte Hampe. All exhibits can be viewed on the AIEFA website: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-exbhibitions-halls/stefan-vilidar-istvan-gallery-oradea/15/ and on the screens of modern means of transport in our municipality, thanks the protocol concluded with AIEFA and OTL.
OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION
"PEOPLE AND LANDSCAPES FROM
ROMANIA AND JAPAN" IN TOKYO
Hiltopia Art Squarea Gallery in Tokyo, Japan hosted on Wednesday 05 October 2022, 18:00 local time (12:00 RO time) the opening of the exhibition of photographic artists from Japan and Romania entitled "People and landscapes from Romania and Japan" dedicated to the anniversary of 100 years of diplomacy between Romania and Japan. The exhibition organized under the patronage of the Embassy of Romania in Japan by the International Association "Euro Photo Art" (AIEFA), in partnership with the Japanese Photographic Society (PSJ) and the Japan-Romania Society, with the support of Summit Agro Romania, part of the global Japanese corporation Sumitomo, includes 100 of photographs taken by renowned photographic artists from the two countries. The public present at the event was greeted by PSJ president Mr. Yoshikazu Aoki who together with PSJ general director Akiko Igaja appreciated the initiative of organizing this international exhibition. The Ambassador of Romania to Japan, His Excellency Ovidiu Dranga, emphasized in his speech "The beautiful photographs capture the spirit of the land and the people of both countries, building an imaginary bridge over space and time. We express our deepest appreciation for the dedication and hard work put into this exhibition by the Photographic Society of Japan, led by President Aoki, and the Euro Photo Art Association in Romania, led by President Toth." In conclusion, the Romanian diplomat presented the message sent by Mrs. Biró Rozália, the president of the Committee for Foreign Affairs, Chamber of Deputies, Bucharest, the initiator of this anniversary project. Next, the representative of the Japan-Romania Parliamentary Friendship Association Jiro Hata and the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP, the president of AIEF, who was impressed by the fact that the two openings of the international exhibition in Oradea (RO) and Tokio (JP) enjoyed the patronage of the Embassies of the two countries. Also appreciated the fact that the ambassadors of the two countries honored these openings with their presence and gave anniversary speeches. In conclusion, he thanked the photographic artists from Japan for the partnership developed under his leadership since 2005 between the photographic artists from the two countries. Mrs. Dr. Ing. Patricia Știrbu President of "Summit Agro" Romania, Bulgaria, Adria and the Republic of Moldova (the official sponsor of the events in Oradea and Tokyo) appreciated the special collaboration with AIEFA, which made it possible to organize this international project and handed the partners from Japan and Romania the jubilee silver medals issued by the National Bank of Romania on the occasion of the centenary anniversary. General Manager of AgriScience Division of Sumitomo Corporation in Japan Mr. Tasaki Tanaka appreciated the initiative of organizing the anniversary event which he was invited to attend.Next, the renowned photographer artist from Tokyo Kosei Maya spoke, the author of the personal exhibition installed in the adjacent hall, who has visited and photographed wonderful picturesque places in Maramureș 2,000 (!) times. The anniversary event was also attended by E.S. Mr. Mr. Dumitru Socolan, the extraordinary ambassador of the Republic of Moldova and the representative of the Romanian Patriarchate in Japan, priest Daniel Corîu. At the end of the opening, violinist Taneshiko Sekijima performed more pieces from the Romanian repertoire. The atmosphere of the anniversary event was colored by the presence of two photographers from the two countries, dressed in the national costume of Japan: kimono (Keiko Sato AFIAP, ESFIAP), respectively Mrs. Ileana Dușe (AIEFA member) dressed in a folk costume from Maramureș. The opening was broadcast online from the AIEFA address https://www.facebook.com/EuroFotoArtAssociation/videos/498047998840206 At the departure, the audience present at the event received a gift consisting of the jubilee album of the exhibition, (which also included a flyer of 4 printed pages entitled "Cultural bridge between Romania and Japan"), by the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP,ESFIAP entitled "Momente surprinse" as well as printed tourist advertisements of the municipality offered by the Association for the Promotion of Tourism in Oradea and Surroundings. The photos from the two catalogs can also be viewed on the Association's website: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-publishing-house/expo-photo-ro-jp/ respectively https://www.eurofotoart.com/ efa-publishing-house/stefan-toth-istvan-afiap-captured-moments/ The exhibition of photographic artists from Romania and Japan organized under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) will remain available to the public until October 12, 2022.
SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY AT DEBRECEN (HU)
The "Bényi" Gallery of the "Kölcsey" Cultural Center in Debrecen (HU) hosted on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 18:00 local time the 90th anniversary celebration of the Photoclub in Debrecen (Partner Organization of the International Association "Euro Foto Art. ”(AIEFA) The festival, which was attended by a large number of photography lovers from Debrecen and Oradea, was initiated by“ Fönix ”Rendezvényszervező Közhasznu Nonprofit Kft (Organizer of events of public interest -“ Fönix ”Nonprofit SRL) from On this occasion, the Exhibition of the members of the Debrecen Photoclub (DFK) was opened, prepared and installed according to the demands of a special requirement.The exhibited works demonstrated the richness of the possibilities of complex expression of the photographic art.The audience was greeted by the photographer Máthé András, the president of DFK and the curator of the exhibition, who thanked for the help received from those who were involved in the successful organization of this event exceptional event. After presenting the short history of the celebrated Photoclub, he handed several Certificates to the photographers who supported the anniversary event, including the Oradea photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP, the president of AIEFA. The Deputy Mayor for Culture of Dr. Puskás István appreciated the important role that the Photoclub celebrated in the cultural life of Debrecen had for nine decades. During the opening, the president of AIEFA also spoke, appreciating the fact that between the photographers from the two twinned cities there is an exceptional permanent collaboration of over 32 years, materialized through a series of events and exhibitions organized in Oradea and Debrecen. At the end of the speech, the photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP handed over to the president of the celebrated Photoclub the Jubilee Plaque of the Photographic Club “Nufărul” Oradea and of AIEFA. The jubilee exhibition was opened by Mr. Hupján Attila, President of the MAOE Photography Department. The cultural program of the opening was offered by the artists Áchim Tibor - Linzerbold Gábor (saxophone) and Tóháti Szílvia Klaudia (dance). At the end of the festivity, the celebrated photographers and those invited participated in a festive meal organized at the “Reskontó” Restaurant in Debrecen. (Photo: Csíki János)
ȘTEFAN TÓTH ISTVÁN CELEBRATED IN BUDAPEST
In the hall of the Csili Cultural Center in Budapest took place on Sunday, April 23, 2022 in the General Assembly of the members of the Magyar Fotóművészeti Alkotócsoportok Országos Szövetsége (Association of Hungarian Photo Clubs MAFOSZ), operational member of the Hungarian Art Federation ), awarding the MAFOSZ and FIAP Diplomas of Distinction and Merit. The diplomas were handed out by MAFOSZ President Horváth Imre. Among those celebrated were the Oradea photographer Ștefan TÓTH István AFIAP, ESFIAP, president of the International Association "Euro Foto Art" (14 years old), the Photographic Club "Nufărul" Oradea (46 years) and the Association of Romanian Artists ( 5 years), vice-president of MAFOSZ (7 years) and Kárpát-medence Magyar Fotogáfia Egyesület (Hungarian Association of Carpathian Basin Photographers) 1 years, who was awarded the ESFIAP Diploma (Fiap Excellence for Services Rendered), issued on 27.11.2012. The President of MAFOSZ emphasized in his speech that the awarding of this title to the photographer artist from Oradea (with dual citizenship) is the first distinction obtained by a photographer from Hungary. By awarding this international distinction, the International Federation of Photographic Art (Recognized by UNESCO) paid tribute to his efforts in his work and technique in the field of photographic art in gratitude for his eminent services. It is mentioned that in the 50 years of artistic activity Ștefan TÓTH István AFIAP, ESFIAP has organized over 1,000 national and international exhibitions of photographic art (many with the auspices of FIAP), dozens of International Salons of Photographic Art with the patronage of FIAP, he was the lecturer and organizer of hundreds of courses of technique and photographic art (in Romanian and Hungarian), graduated by thousands of students (many of them becoming renowned photographers in different parts of the world with special FIAP distinctions!). He also founded in 1990 and is the curator of the founding of the longest-lived Permanent Gallery of Photographic Art in Romania, which in 2019 became the 17th FIAP Exhibition Center in the world, in which they were opened until currently over 600 photographic art exhibitions from around the world. the Oradea photographer donated to the Oradea City Museum. His cameras and its annexes, gathered in 50 years of artistic activity, laid the foundations of a collection of Technique and Photographic Art, which thus became the first Museum of Photography in Romania. It is to be appreciated that the application file of the well-known photographer from Oradea was sent to FIAP for the first time by MAFOSZ, later by the Association of Photographic Artists in Romania (AAFR), but the International Federation of Photographic Art took into account the first registration from Hungary).
EXHIBITION "THE MASTER AND THE DISCIPLES", OPENED IN SEGHEDIN (HU)
On Saturday, March 26, at 12 noon, the "Délvidéki Ház" hall in Szeged - part of the "Hungarian Houses" network - hosted the festive opening of the exhibition "The Master and His Disciples". During the event, the exam papers of the 101 graduates of the online course of technique and photographic art from the Carpathian Basin held by the Oradea photographer Ștefan Tóth, István AFIAP, ESFIAP, respectively the photos selected for this occasion from the anniversary exhibition of the famous photographer were exhibited. . The event was attended by over 35 graduates from Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Serbia. Photographers from Ukraine, Transcarpathia region, were absent for well-known reasons. The audience was greeted by Stanik István, the specialized director of the Hungarian Houses, who thanked the participants for contributing to this historic event, but also the photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP for the exemplary organization of the course. Next, the photographer from Oradea presented the exhibited creations, then offered bouquets of flowers to the organizer of the event, Török Ferenc Lászlóné Katalin, for the help given in the opening of the opening, respectively to the plastic artist and photographer Bánházi Gyöngyi, on the occasion of her birthday. The musical moments during the opening were offered by the viola artist Thurzó Sándor József, the leader of the chamber duo Varoensis from Oradea, who performed his own orchestration from the Hungarian folk song "Kossuth Lajos azt üzente ...", a musical version composed by the composer Balázs Árpád on the lyrics of the poem “Fa leszek ...” by Petőfi Sándor (on the occasion of the Petőfi Sándor Memorial Year), respectively “Ave Maria” by Bihari Sándor. At the end of the event, the photographer Fórián Andrea performed the poem "A Kárpátok dala" by Dutka Ákos, with musical accompaniment. Prior to the opening, the meeting to establish the Union of Hungarian Photographers in the Carpathian Basin took place. Within it, the Oradea photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, ESFIAP presented the FIAP medal, recognized by UNESCO, to the executive director Dr. Szabó Pál Csaba. In conclusion, the executive director thanked the photographer from Oradea for his special activity, handed him the anniversary plaque of the institution he runs. On Saturday morning, the guests took part in a photo tour through the city, under the guidance of Szeged photographer Dobronai-Fenyvessy Orsolya. (Photo by: Csíki János)
SPECIAL OPENING OF PARTIUM HÁZ
(PARTIUM HOUSE) IN DEBREZIN (HU)
After the success of the 7th edition. of the Exhibition of photojournalists from the Bihor - Hajdú-Bihar Euroregion in Oradea, the international show was also opened at Partium Ház (Partium House) in Debrecen (HU). On this occasion, a selection of 40 photographs made by photographers from the two neighboring counties were exhibited. The event organized by the International Association "Euro Photo Art" in partnership with Partium Ház (Partium House) belonging to the network Magyar Házak Non Profit SRL in Szeged (HU) took place on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 15:00 local time in the presence of a large audience during the events dedicated to the Hungarian Press Day, which is also the National Day of Hungary. The event was attended by photojournalists from Hajdú-Bihar County and Bihor County: Szilágyi Lóránd (Bihoreanul), Daniel Bureția (Romania TV), editor Tóth Hajnal (Várad Culture Magazine), as well as the two photojournalists from the Debrecen portal - Oradea (denagy.hu): Csíki János and Farkas László. The public at the opening was greeted by Stanik István, technical director of Magyar Házak Non Profit SRL in Szeged (HU) and Partium Ház in Debrecen, who said that the opening of the exhibition in Debrecen was organized on Hungarian Press Day. which is also the National Day of Hungary and thanked the International Association "Euro Photo Art" for the way this project and for the effort made in organizing this exceptional international event. The curator of the international project, the artist photographer Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, ESFIAP presented the context in which he initiated 7 years ago the first edition of the Bihor International Photojournalists Contest, which managed to gather annually the works of photojournalists from the two counties. The Deputy Mayor for Culture of Debrecen, Dr. Puskás István, appreciated the initiative of organizing this international event, which annually presents in an international exhibition the most representative events that took place the previous year in the two sister cities and counties. On this occasion, the digital catalog of the international exhibition was launched, published by the publishing house "Euro Foto Art", which can be browsed at: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-publishing-house/expo-fotoreporteri- euroregio-bh-hb / The Bihoreni Photojournalists Exhibition will remain at the disposal of the visiting public from Debrecen for a month. All the exhibited images can be admired on the website of the “Euro Foto Art” Association: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-exhibition-salons/ro-hu-photoreporters/
A NEW MERITABLE AWARD FOR LIFE FOR ȘTEFAN TÓTH ISTVÁN
The closing ceremony of the series of events within the Hungarian Culture Week organized by UDMR and its partner institutions took place on Saturday at the Szigligeti Ede Theater in Oradea. During the festivity, a traditional awards gala took place. Among the winners was the Oradean photographer artist Ștefan TÓTH István. The praise was read by Mr. Szabó Ödön, member of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania, executive president of UDMR Bihor, who appreciated the fact that the photographer from Oradea flirted with photography from early childhood (1964), who specialized in self-taught photographic art . He made his debut as a photographer in 1973 with the work "Fighting Time", which was exhibited in the Dalles Hall in Bucharest, at the International Salon of Romania, organized under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), recognized by UNESCO. Throughout his half-century career he has created hundreds of art photographs accepted at hundreds of national and international photography fairs, many of which have been awarded medals and awards. In 1973 he became a member of the Romanian Association of Photographic Artists, and in 1978 he became an artist of the International Federation of Photographic Art. At the end of 2021 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Federation (ESFIAP). In 2016, he founded the “Ștefan Tóth István” Photographic Technique and Art Collection within the Oradea City Museum, to which he donated most of the exhibits in a total inventory value of 20,000 euros. In 2019 he became director of the FIAP Exhibition Center Oradea - Romania (the 17th in the World). From his works were organized 85 personal exhibitions and 57 main group exhibitions. He has participated in 53 national and international juries, has been declared a member and honorary advisor of over 20 Photographic Societies. He has participated in 40 photographic symposia and colloquia and 43 international photographic art festivals. During his 50 years of artistic activity, he made 109 creative trips to different parts of the world and was the director of 12 national photographic art projects, respectively organized 70 national and international photographic art salons and organized in Oradea and Bihor County. 37 international photographic art festivals. For 45 years he has been the lecturer of over 200 international courses of technique and photographic art, organized within the “Euro Photo Art” Academy Oradea which was graduated by over 2,000 photography lovers from several countries in Canada, Czech Republic, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, USA, Ukraine and Hungary. As the director of three publishing houses, he has edited 57 catalogs and albums of photographic art. He has been honored with 13 international awards and is an honorary member and advisor to 20 photo organizations around the world. He has organized over 1,000 photographic art exhibitions worldwide and has become the cultural ambassador of Oradea, Bihor County and Romania worldwide during his 50 activities in the field of photographic art. The diploma of Merit for Life was awarded to him by Mr. Szabó Ödön, member of the Chamber of Deputies of Romania, executive president of UDMR Bihor, and the Merit for Life Award, consisting of the statuette made by the famous Oradea sculptor Deák Árpád from Dr. István Vitányi Member in the Hungarian Parliament, who participated together with the photographer who celebrated a day ago at the opening of his jubilee exhibition at the House of Culture "Nadány Zoltán" in Berettyóújfalu (HU).
OPENING OF THE JUBILEE EXHIBITION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER ARTIST OF ORADEA ȘTEFAN TÓTH ISTVÁN AFIAP IN CAREI.
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, at 12.30, in the Knights Hall of Károlyi Castle in Carei, the opening of the jubilee exhibition of the Oradea photographer Ștefan TÓTH István AFIAP took place, entitled “Surprised moments”. The cultural event was opened and moderated by Dragoș Georgescu, Manager of Tourism Activities at the Center for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism "GrófKárolyi", followed by the photographer BikfalviZsolt, referent at the Centre for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism " GrófKárolyi ”and vice-president of the “VasileVénig László ”Photo Club. Oradea photographer Ștefan TÓTH István AFIAP thanked the organizers for the conditions created and the public for participating and presented details about his vast career and about his experiences over time. The musical moments were offered by the representative of the Chamber Group "Duo Varadiensis" from Oradea, ThurzóSándorJózsef, who performed the songs: "Menuett in preclassic style" by MacalikAlfréd, "Ave Maria" by SvetozarSasa Kovacevic, "Feast of the New Spring" by Mao - Yuan, “This Street” by Kono Michi by Yamada Kosaku, “The Ballad” by CiprianPorumbescu, “Sérgio Kuhlmann” (variations on a theme: “Bicinia”) by KodályZoltán. The exhibition, which is installed on the floor of the Knights' Hall, includes a selection of 40 black and white and colour photographs, accepted and awarded at various national and international photographic art fairs. The exhibits are presented in cycles, several artistic photographs being taken in the three stages of the development of the art of photography: analogue, digital and smart phones. At the end of the event, the artist gave autographs on the specially edited catalogue on this occasion. The event was organized by the "VasileVénig László" Carei Photo Club, the Culture and Sports Department and the "GrófKárolyi" Center for the Promotion of Cultural Tourism Foundation and the "Euro Foto Art" International Association on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his birth and 50 years of artistic activity of the well-known photographer from Oradea. The opening was sent online on Facebook: having an impact until the creation of this article by over 230 people and can be reviewed at: https://www.facebook.com/EuroFotoArtAsociatieInternationala/videos/186295576955963 The works will remain available to the visiting public until 03.12.2021, and can be admired from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 - 16:30. The exhibited images can also be admired on the website of the Eurofotoart Association: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-exbhibitions-halls/fiap-exhibition-center-oradea/
THE SUCCESS OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARTISTS FROM ORADEA
IN THE CAPITAL OF HUNGARY
The opening of the jubilee exhibition of the Oradea photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP, entitled “Surprised Moments”, took place in the
Gallery of the oldest Photographic Association in Hungary, on the banks of the Danube on Wednesday, October 27 2021, at 16:00. On this occasion, a selection of 32 large photographs from the
Jubilee Exhibition were presented. The audience at the event was greeted by the representative of the Hungarian Photography Association in Budapest (Magyar Fotogáfiai Egyesület), founded in 1892,
the photographer Mészáros Ödön, the director for Hungary of the International Association "Euro Foto Art" based in Oradea, which appreciated the good collaboration relations of over three decades
that exist between the two Partner Organizations. The exhibiting photographer then talked about his career as a photographer and cultural manager for over 50 years. The renowned Hungarian artist
Eifert János EFIAP, - well-known to the public from Oradea, following several exhibitions organized in the “Euro Foto Art” Gallery, FIAP Exhibition Center Oradea - Romania, - presented the
exhibited works. Deputy Director General of the Support Administration of the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources (Emberi Erőforrás Támogatáskezelő főigazgató helyetes) Tirts Tamás appreciated
the results of the photographic artist exhibiting in the field of international photographic art, as well as his creative and managerial power. At the end of the opening, the public at the
event was invited to a party prepared by the two partner organizations. The event was also attended by the great-grandson of the first photographer from Oradea, Mezey Lajos, the lawyer Mezey
András. The musical moments were offered by the representative of the chamber group "Duo Varadiensis" the artist Thurzó Sándor József, who performed the violin pieces "Menuett in preclassic
style" by Macalik Alfréd, "Ave Maria" by Svetozar Sasa Kovacevic, "The Feast of the New First by Mao - Yuan, “This Street” by Kono Michi by Yamada Kosaku, “The Ballad” by Ciprian Porumbescu,
“Sérgio Kuhlmann” (variations on a theme: “Bicinia”) by Kodály Zoltán. Representative of the “Sola Fide” band from Oradea, the poet and photographer artist Fórián Andrea recited two poems from
her personal volume of poems, being accompanied by the Oradea viola artist Thurzó Sándor József. The participants at the opening were offered the jubilee album of the exhibiting photographer, as
well as the jubilee catalog of the first photographer from Oradea, published by ”Euo Foto Art” Oradea Publishing House. The opening was broadcast online and was watched until the writing of this
article by over 100 visitors, including the renowned Turkish artist Reha Bilir, who appreciated the event and congratulated the organizers. The opening can be viewed online and at the address of
the International Association: https://www.facebook.com/
OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHER ARTIST
ȘTEFAN TÓTH ISTVÁN AFIAP IN UJHOROD (UA).
The FIAP Exhibition Center Uzhhorod - Ukraine, located in the Medieval Fortress of the locality, managed by the Association of Photographic Artists from "Transcarpathia", prepared for the visiting public in partnership with the Regional Museum "Lehoczky Tivadar", from the Medieval Fortress, a new photographic art exhibition. A selection of 50 black-and-white and color photographs were installed on the walls of the first hall of the well-known Gallery, made up of the works of the Oradea photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP entitled “Surprised moments”. The second room hosted the exhibition of EFIAP photographer Oleg Kutskiy from Odessa (Ukraine). The exhibition of the photographer from Oradea was organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his birth and 50 years of artistic activity. The personal exhibition presents artistic photographs created in the three stages of photographic art development: analog, digital and smart phones. The opening of the exhibition, organized under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art, took place on Friday, October 1, 2021, at 15:00, in the presence of officials, the representative of the Consulate General of Hungary in Uzhhorod, the author, his family members and members of the public. The audience was greeted by the director of the Royal Museum of History, "Lehoczky Tivadar" Mihalko Delehan, who appreciated the importance of organizing photographic art exhibitions in the FIAP Exhibition Center within the Museum. Ujhorod Deputy Mayor Vasyl Homonay presented to photographer photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP Certificate of Excellence of Ujhorod City Hall as gratitude for his contribution to strengthening the collaboration between the two organizations in Ukraine and Romania and for organizing the exhibition in the two cities. The President of the Department of Culture of the "Transcarpathian" Region Yevhen Tyschuk welcomed this opening and the presence of hungarian photographers artists from Romania and Ukraine. The representative of the Hungarian Consulate in Uzhhorod, Consul Albertné Simon Edina appreciated the presence in Uzhhorod of the Oradea photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP and the artistic level of the exhibits. Photographer Norba Volodimyr, director of FIAP EC Uzhorod - Ukraine, highlighted the good existing collaboration relations with photographers from Ukraine and Romania and presented the future projects to be carried out with the International Association "Euro Photo Art". The artistic moments of the opening were provided by the vocal group "Rozmariya" from Uzhhorod, who performed folk songs from the Ukrainian repertoire and by Gergely Tamás from Botfalva (Bátfa) who performed traditional Hungarian folk songs on accordion and vocals. The event was broadcast online on the Association's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EuroFotoArtAsociatieInternationala/ The exhibition entitled "Surprised moments" will remain available to the visiting public until 15.10.2021, and can be visited from Tuesday until Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00. The exhibited images can also be admired on the Association's website: https://www.eurofotoart.com/stefan-toth-istvan-afiap/
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION ON INDIA
The Embassy of India to Romania in collaboration with the Office of the President of the Committee on Foreign
Affairs, Chamber of Deputies organized the launching event of the photography exhibition on India, on 27 September 2021, on the Premisses of the Palace of Parliament. The event counted with the
opening speeches of H.E. Mrs. Rozália Ibolya Biró, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Chamber of Deputies and of H.E. Mr. Rahul Shrivastava, Ambassador of India to Romania. Further
remarks were delivered by Mrs. Claudia Banu, President of the Romania-India friendship group, Parliament of Romaniaand Mr. Ştefan Tóth István, Curator of the exhibition and President of
Euro Foto Art Association, Oradea. The musical moments were held by the representative of the Chamber Group "Duo Varadiensis" from Oradea, Thurzó Sándor József and Mrs. Mariana Sharma (Naliny)
who performed musical creations from the Indian repertoire.. The 72 black/ white and colour photographs were part of the “Lens
Vision” Exhibition, launched earlier this year by Euro Foto Art Association in partnership with the Oradea City Museum, under the auspices of the Embassy of India in Romania. “Lens Vision” comprises photographs of a high artistic
attire made by the President of the “Bengal Photography Institute” from Kolkata (India), Sanjoy Bhattacharya, an eminent photographer artist with an extensive experience in both commercial and
art photography and his students: Suparna Acharya, Rituparna Bhattacharya, Suman Banerjee, Subrata Prasanna Banerjee, Anirban Basu, Dipankar Chakraborty, Devi prasad Chandra, Sayani Chowdhury,
Aniruddha Das, Soham Dasgupta,
Samir Kumar Datta, Subasis Datta, Subhajit Dey, Sagarika Dutta, Mritunjoy Mahanta,
Sovana Mohapatra, Abhishek Mondal, Shayan Mondal, Atish Mukherjee, Debashish Mukherjee, Santanu Mukherjee, Pinaki Mukherjee, Surajit Mukherjeh, Subhra Roychowdhury, Anup Saha, Neha Sharma, Mahua Sarkar, Abhirup Sen, Satarupa Sen, Priyanka Sil. The photography exhibition drives from the creativity of the
artists, whoillustrated their exploration of creative solutions to the various challenges they have to deal with when they go out with the camera. Hence, ”LensVision” provides the students of the
“Bengal Photography Institute” from Kolkata (India) with a large platform to showcase their talents and present it to the public. The photographic exhibition on India will remain available to the visiting public until 03.10.2021. For visits, pleasebook a slot with the Embassy of
India, one day prior to your visit, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.orgThe images can also be admired on the website of
the”Euro Foto Art” Association: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-exbhibitions-halls/fiap-exhibition-center-oradea/
A Worthy Celebration for Photographer Tóth István
Oradea photographer Tóth István AFIAP was celebrated on hir birthday, 9 August 2021, in Sion Neolog Synagogue, surrounded by almost a hundred friends and colleagues, photographers, relatives and family members. Several photographers from Oradea, Bucharest, Carei, Târgu Secuiesc (RO), but also Budapest, Biatorbágy, Debrecen, and Szolnok (HU) were present at the festive event. At the jubilee, audiences listened to the music of chamber orchestra Duo Varadiensis as well as Oradea Rock Philharmony, who have elevated the mood of many exhibition openings organized by the celebrant throughout these past decades.
Theaudience was greeted by Bozsódi-Nagy Orsolya Boglárka , translator and interpreter, literary secretary of Szigligeti Theatre Oradea, whom besides presenting the event, provided the Wnglish translation of the speeches. She thanked director Angela Lupșea for putting the wonderful synagogue, a historical monument, at the event’s disposal. First, photographer artist Tóth István AFIAP talked about his carreer as an artist and as a manager of various photo associations, followed by Biró Rozália, MP, president of the Committee for External Politics in the Parliament of Romania, who emphasized the important role played by the photographer in the photographic landscape of Oradea in the past five decades. Dr. Ramona Novicov and dr. Radu Igazság, university professors from Oradea and Bucharest respectively, made emotional speeches at the event. They are both long-time collaborators of the celebrant. Horváth Imre, president of the Association of Hungarian Photo Clubs (MAFOSZ) also appreciated the contribution of Tóth István AFIAP as an artist, a cultural manager, and as vice president of MAFOSZ responsible for cross-border relationships. At the end of the first anniversary event, he awarded an honorary diploma to Tóth István, followed by another one for the 30th anniversary of Euro Photo Art Gallery, a certificate he was unable to hand out last year due to the pandemic.
After the speeches, guests were invited to a reception organized for them by the celebrant. The anniversary continued the next day, Tuesday, 10 August, in the medieval fortress of Oradea. The exhibition entitled Captured Moments was opened in Euro Photo Art Gallery, Exhibition Centre of Oradea-Romania, featuring works from the entire career of the photographer. 70 images were exhibited in the gallery, representing 50 years of artistic creation in the golden age of photography, the era of digital cameras, and, lastly, the world of smartphones. Attendees were greeted by museologist dr. Diana Iancu, representing Oradea City Museum of Țării Crișurilor Museum Complex, who thanked the photographer for five years of collaboration resulting in the opening of over 60 international photo exhibitions. In her speech, art critic dr. Ramona Novicov said that “if yesterday was the day of tears, today is that of joy.” Photographer Horváth Imre, president of MAFOSZ, encouraged the celebrant to focus more on his artistic career in the future. Music for the opening was provided by viola artist Thurzó Sándor József. At the end of the opening and after taking a group picture, photographer Tóth István was toasted again for his birthday at the Association’s headquarters, in building C of the Fortress of Oradea. On their way to the headquarters, guests admired the documentary exhibition encompassing the life and work of Tóth István, in the gallery named after Vilidár István. Attendees of both events were presented with Tóth István’s album Captured Moments, published courtesy of Creatpy Ltd. Both events were broadcast via Facebook Live on the page of the internation association, at https://www.facebook.com/EuroFotoArtAsociatieInternationala/
IMAGES MADE BY:
Cíki János (EFA) - Oradea (RO):
- 01, 02, 05, 08, 09, 10, 19, 36, 38, 43, 44, 75, 76, 77.
Ciucur Losonczi Antónius (Bihari Napló) - Oradea (RO):
- 04, 31
Eifert János - Budapest (HU):
- 06, 13, 17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 40, 42, 46,48, 54, 57, 60, 61, 63, 66, 69, 71,74, 78
Eugenia Pașca (Agerpres) - Oradea (RO):
- 68, 73
Szegedi Éva (EFA) - Oradea (RO):
- 03, 11, 14, 20,22, 27, 33
Ovidiu Sălăgean - Oradea (RO):
- 55, 56,58, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65, 67, 70, 72.
Varga Bernadette (EFA) - Oradea (RO):
- 04, 12, 15, 16, 35, 40, 42,49
GOODBYE TO THE REPUTED PHOTOGRAPHER ARTIST HARAGOS ZOLTÁN E.FIAP FROM TÂRGU MUREȘ
In the presence of a large number of friends, photographers and family members, the funeral of the renowned photographer artist Haragos Zoltán EFIAP took place on Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Reformed Cemetery in Târgu Mureș, who passed away at the age of 92. The event was also attended by photographer artist Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP from Oradea (accompanied by his wife), who for several decades was a close friend of the late and renowned photographer Haragos Zoltán EFIAP. (Foto: EFA)
THE OPENING OF THE PHOTO REPORTERS’ EXHIBITION IN DEBRECEN (HU)
On May 7th 2021, at 16:00 local time (17:00 in Romania), in Debrecen, in the Partium House, in front of a large gathering of public, the 7th edition of the International Photo Reporters Exhibition - from the Bihor - Hajdu Bihar Euroregion took place, as part of the 10th edition of the European Photography Festival, dedicated to Europe’s Day and organized by the Euro Foto Art Association (AIEFA), the exhibition being organized under the auspices of FIAP and it’s open between May 7 and May 31 2021. The public in attendance was greeted by Stanik Istvan - director of the Partium House of Debrecen, who appreciated the initiative of organizing this event by the Euro Foto Art Association, under FIAP auspices, as well as presenting this exhibition in the two sister cities (Oradea and Debrecen). Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP- president of the International Association and at the same time the director of the 10th edition of the European Photography Festival, presented the context in which, 6 years ago, he initiated the first edition of the competition organized for photo reporters from the two sister towns: Oradea and Debrecen. He also thanked the vice-mayor of Debrecen for his presence at the event. Mr Toth was also thankful for the opportunity of being present at this event, organized by AIEFA and Partium House, along a group of photographers and reporters from Oradea. The vice-mayor of Debrecen and responsible for Cultural events - Mr. Puskas Istvan expressed his joy of being able to participate in person to this event since the pandemic started and congratulated the organizers as well as the participants for their works. “It is important to support these initiatives that help strengthen the collaboration between the two sister cities. Thanks to the fact that the photographs show the most important events that took place over the last year in the two cities, this exhibition is also an information source for the visitors. Organizing this exhibition under the auspices of FIAP, as part of the 10th edition of the European Photography Festival makes sure that Debrecen is included in a prestigious international circuit,” said the vice-mayor of Debrecen. Musical moments were provided y Csaba Kocsis from Berettyoujfalu - AIEFA member and photo reporter (who also had photographs exhibited in this event) who interpreted for the public three poems of journalists from the two counties, aided by his guitar:Itt a bozótban” (Here in the bushes) by Ady Endre, ”A testőr” (Bodyguard) by Nadányi Zoltán and ”Végrendelet” (Testament) by Bényei József. The official guest of the event was Thurzo Sandor Jozsef, which unfortunately could not attend due to current health restrictions. In the exhibition, works by Camelia Bușu (RO) - ”Jurnal Bihorean” (RO), Dan Bureția (România TV), Csíki Ioan (RO) - ”denagy” (HU), Illés Emeric Imre (RO), Kiss Annamarie - ”Hajdú Bihari Napló” (HU), Kocsis Csaba (HU) - ”Biharország” (RO), Kovács Péter (HU) - ”Hajdú Bihari Napló” (HU), Szegedi Éva (RO) - ”denagy” (HU), Szilágyi Loránd (RO) - ”Bihoreanul” (RO), Mészáros Varga Erzsébet (RO) - ”denagy” (HU), Ovi D. Pop EFIAPS (RO), Mădălina Irina Sim - ”Bihoreanul” (RO), Remus Toderici (RO) - ”Crișana” (RO), Varga Bernadette (RO) were displayed. The exhibition is open for visitors until June 5th 2021, in the Partium House Gallery, on Burgundia Street 3A, Debrecen ( Photos by Dehir.hu/ Kandert Szabolcs)
ORADEA (RO) - YOKOHAMA (JP)
On Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 13:00, a successful international workshop was organized at the headquarters of the Japanese-Hungarian Friendship Association in Tokyo (Shinagawa Gotanda sector), Japan, with the participation of English, Japanese and Japanese artists from Hungary. The long-awaited event by Japanese photographers and more, organized by the International Association "Euro Photo Art" (AIEFA) in partnership with the "Danube" Photoclub in Yokohama. The event, which lasted more than 3 hours and was given in Hungarian by renowned photographer Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, President of AIEFA, was attended by the 10 Japanese and Hungarian artists: Tamás Kardos from Kőszegszerdahely (HU ), respectively Miklós Kovács from Budapest (HU). Japanese translation services were provided by Katsuya Tazaki of Yokohama. Given the success of the first international workshop, the presidents of the two Partner Organizations decided to organize a new debate through the ZOOM platform on Sunday 18.04.2021, from (RO) 08:00 - time (JP) 14:00 . Previously, the president of the Yokohama Photo Club "Danube" sent for debate the 152 monochromatic and color images made by members of the Yokohama Photo Club: Aston Bridgman, Keiko Chigira, Ignat Gorazd, Kisera Hayase, Masami Kato, Katsushige Kawano, Masaaki Koizumi. Keiko Nakanishi, Michiyo Nakanishi, Yoshiyuki Obayashi, Mikiko Osada and Ryuichi Tazaki. During the meeting, the photographer from Oradea presented different ways of processing and improving the technical and artistic level of the images. The meeting was a great success, which is why the two Organizations agreed to repeat the photographic workshop in the near future. (EFA photo)
ONLINE GALA FOR THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION “MY SETTLEMENT”
The International Association “Euro Foto Art” is organizing in the first half of the year, in partnership with the Carpathian Basin Institute from Varpalota (HI) an international course for introduction to photographic art and technique, organized in Hungarian. 100 photography aficionados from Hungarian communities from the Carpathian Basin are taking part in the course, without having to pay for the classes. After finishing the classes, a representative exhibition will be organized in June 2021 in Szegedin (HU), made up of 100 photographs taken by the 100 participants. The graduates of the first course have presented their works in an exhibition organized in February 2021, in the “Ștefan Vilidár István” Gallery, from the Princely Palace of the Oradea Medieval Fortress (building C). Saturday March 13 2021 at 11:00, the online exhibition of the second series of graduates took place. The participants were from Serbia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine, 19 in total. The graduates exhibited a total of 70 photographs. The graduates are: Andorkó Attila (RO), Bardocz Éva (RO),Dobán Vivien (UA), Farkas Endre (RO), Fábián Gergely (SK), Ferenczi Éva (SK),Kóródi Patricia (HU), Gál Mária (HU), Guzsvány Réka (SRB), Hátszegi Csaba (RO), Kéri György-Ottó (RO), Kertész Hajnalka (RO), Kovács Andrea (RO), Kovács Orsolya (RO), Jacina Mária (UA), Jusztin László (SRB), Serege Zsuzsanna (HU), Szalai Attila (SRB), Ürge Mátyás (SK). The event could be followed online, on the facebook page of the Association: https://www.facebook.com/EuroFotoArtAsociatieInternationala. Those in attendance were greeted by the president of the “Euro Foto Art” International Association Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, at the same time the teacher for the classes. The event, broadcast from the Association’s headquarters in the Princely palace of the Oradea Medieval Fortress, was the host of two of the graduates from Oradea: Kovács Andrea and Kovács Orsolya. During the event, the representative of the Partium House in Debrecen (HU) Némethy Norbert talked appreciatively of the way in which the classes were organized. Other twelve graduates, from Serbia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine also had the chance to talk during the event and many of them were thankful for the way in which the classes were organized. At the end of the classes, the graduates are to receive their Graduation Certificate, edited in English and their local languages, via mail. The exhibition can also be seen online at the following address: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-courses/ (Photo: Csíki János)
ONLINE OPENING OF THE INTERNATIONAL "EUROFOTOART STARS" SALON
The International Association "Euro Photo Art" between 08 - 31 May 2020, organizes the 11th edition of the European Photography Festival, dedicated to Europe Day. Initially, the launch of the Festival was to take place on May 8, 2020, at 6 p.m. at the “Euro Foto Art” Gallery, FIAP Exhibition Center Oradea - Romania. Considering the situation we are in, the event took place online, in the chancellery of the photographer Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, the president of the International Association. During the launch of the Festival, the 12th edition of the “Eurofotoart Stars” International Salon was organized by the “Euro Foto Art” International Association under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art. During the opening, the photographer Ștefan Tóth István AFIAP stated that the online opening is the first to be sent on Facebook, - after the 580 openings organized so far in the “Euro Foto Art” Gallery, FIAP Exhibition Center Oradea - Romania (the longest lasting permanent gallery of photographic art in Romania). He went on to thank the 64 photographers who honored the International Salon with their work, photographed in 32 countries of the Old Continent: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, France , Germany, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Malta, United Kingdom, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and Hungary. The members of the International Association "Euro Photo Art", 54 of its Partner Organizations from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, respectively renowned guest artists of honor from Egypt, Italy, the Republic of Moldova and Romania were invited to participate in this International Salon. Next, the president of the International Association "Euro Foto Art" announced the name of the photographer, who obtained the most votes of the public, which is Alex-Dian Bureția, member of the Photography Club "Nufărul" Oradea, with 85 appreciations. Those who want to admire the accepted photos will have the opportunity to do so starting with Friday, May 15, 2020, in the Gallery "Euro Photo Art, FIAP Exhibition Center Oradea - Romania (1 December Square no. 12). The exhibition number 581 organized with the support of the Bihor County Council, of the Oradea City Hall, will remain available to the public until June 4, 2020, on working days between 08:00 - 19:00, when public access is free. Euro Photo Art Association.
Friendship in need is known ...
This well-known popular saying came true in this special situation in which we all find ourselves. After the members and friends of Photo China Network Online from Zhuhai (Partner Organization of the International Association "Euro Foto Art") after learning that the coronavirus pandemic has spread in Romania, they thought of coming to the aid of their friends in our country. So the photographers bought and sent by express courier for their friends from Romania: to the photographers Ștefan Tóth AFIAP the president of the International Association “Euro Foto Art”, Sorin Tabacu, the counselor of the Organization, Constantin Lupu honorary member from Bucharest and Tudorel Ilie from Baia Mare 400 Coronavirus masks. Those who initiated and contributed financially to their procurement and shipment to Romania are Chinese artists from Beijing, Sanghai and Zhuhai: Rongzhao Li, Haibo Chi, Ruisheng Zhu, Weilu Chen, President of China Photo Netwrok Online in Zhuhai (China), Hui Zhang, Guodong Shen, Dan Chen secretary of China Photo Netwrok Online in Zhuhai (China), Zeling Wu, Xi Zhu and Fanjing Lu. The masks were taken over on Monday, April 27, 2020 by the photographer Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, president of the International Association “Euro Foto Art”. Sincere thanks for their help ...!!!
It was the generic of the first national photo exhibition, organized by the "Abgineh" Photo Club Photo Club Partner Organization of the International Association "Euro Photo Art" (AIEFA), under the patronage of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and of the AIEFA, opened between 14 - 19 November 2019 at the "Rezvan" Gallery in Mashad (Iran). The exhibition was organized with the support of "The Founder of the Human Act Foundation, CEO of Human Act in Iran and" Abgineh "Photographic Research & Studies Institute in Mashad (Iran). Human Act Foundation is a worldwide development organization. The organizers of the exhibition wanted to present through the 50 photographs exhibited that extreme poverty is not a natural state to accept, and the goods of the world can be distributed differently so as to make people's lives easier. You can view the displayed images: https://www.eurofotoart.com/efa-organisation-partners/043-p-c-abgineh-mashad-iran/
THE VISIT OF THE JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY ARTISTS FROM YOKOHAMA (JAPAN)
A group of 10 members of "Japanese Danube" photoclub from Yokohama (Japan)-partner organization of the Euro Foto Art International Association (EFAIA)-has visited Oradea and Bihor region between the 30th of May and the 2nd of June 2019. The delegation was welcomed by Mr. Pásztor Sándor, the president of the Bihor region Counsil on Friday, the 31st of May at 9.00 hours in the festivity hall. There was a meeting with Mrs. Lucia Pantea, manager of the international relationships of the Bihor Council, who appreciated the good collaboration between the Japanese Photoclub and the EFAIA and invited the artists to show their images taken in this region. The presidents of the two partner organizations: Tazaki Ryuichi and Stefan Tóth AFIAP appreciate the quality of the long-lasting cooperation, no matter the huge distance between Japan and Romania. An exhibition presenting images of the 10 artists was opened at the Oradea Medieval Fortress. The opening took place on Friday, the 31st of May 2019 at 10.00 hours. The public was saluted by Mr. Imre Zoltán, the manager of the Oradea Museum-Cultural Center and by Mr. Tazaki Ryuichi and by Mr. Stefan Tóth AFIAP. The exposed images were presented by dr. Ramona Novicov, art critic and by Mr. Szücs László, editor at the "Várad" cultural magazine. The musical moments were offered by Thurzó Sándor József, viola artist, member of the ”Varadiensis” Duo. The message of His Excellency-Nitoshi Noda, the ambassador of Japan in Romania, was read at the opening. After the opening, the Japanese delegation, together with members of the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association and of the Nufarul photoclub, has started its travel through Bihor region with the Valea Ierului (Diosig, Otomani, Sălacea, Galoșpetreu). The next day they have visited Marghita. Here they had the opportunity to meet the members of the ”Helios” Photoclub and to visit the local hospital. The Japanese delegation was leaded by Sorin Tabacu, the counselor of the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association, Posán Lajos, the president of the ”Helios” Photoclub Marghita and dr. Szabó József, from the local hospital. There was a workshop organized for the guests in Jebuc, Sălaj region. The Stars Association from Cluj-Napoca prepared a photography exhibition opened in Jebuc and an art exhibition opened in the ”STARS” Gallery from Cluj-Napoca. The Japanese delegation left Romania on Sunday, the 2nd of May 2019.
OUTSTANDING OPENING AT SIGHETU MARMATIEI
Photographer artist Stefan Tóth AFIAP, the president of the Euro Foto Art International Association and the manager of the ”Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly” International Photography Festival was invited all together with dr. Teodor Radu Pantea EFIAPs and with Felicianu Felix to participate at the opening of the exhibition of Mariana Scubli in Sighetu Marmatiei, on Thursday, the 31st of January 2018 at 16.00 hours. Photographers Stefan Tóth and Felicianu Felix appreciated the high level of the exposed images. The exhibition held at Sighet Radio includes 50 images of local traditions. (Photography: dr. Teodor Radu Pantea EFIAP).
UNFORGETTABLE EVENING AT HE ”CAPITOLLIUM” RESTAURANT
The members of the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association and of the ”Nufarul” Photoclub celebrated their photography achievements at the ”Capitollium” Restaurant, on Thursday, the 20th of December 2018, at 18.00 hours. 30 photographers from Oradea and honorable guests from Bucharest, Marghita, Carei (RO) and Beretyoujfalu (HU) were present. During the evening, slideshows of over 60 images of exhibitions organized by the above mentioned organizations were shown. Slideshows of the following artists were presented: Tudorel Ilie, Sorin Tabacu, Stefan Tóth AFIAP and Gelu Vrabie. These slideshows were also presented at the beginning of December in Zuhai and Macao - China with great success, during the Romanian Photography Festival in China, organized by ICR Beijing in partnership with the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association(EFAIA). Stefan Tóth, the president of the EFAIA, gave to Claudiu Szabó, the vice-president of the EFAIA, the excellence wafer for his voluntary work over 2018 in making over 70 exhibition posters and program notebooks. Excellence wafer also got the Duran's ltd for making exhibition posters. The musical moments were offered by Florian Chelu Oradea (RO) and by Kocsis Csaba, photographer from Berettyóújfalu (HU).
ȘTEFAN TÓTH AFIAP, PHOTOGRAPHY ARTIST, AWARDED AT BUCHAREST
On Wednesday, the 21st of November 2018, at 17.30 hours, at the ”C.Nottara” Theater from Bucharest, in the preamble of the Multiart theater festival for prisoners - "DANA CENUSA - unchaining through culture" the "With camera through prisons" exhibition's opening took place, during the International Theater Festival. The event was organized by the Nottara Theater in collaboration with the National Administration of the Prisons (ANP). Stefan Tóth AFIAP, the president of the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association and the coordinator of the "With camera through prisons" national project, was present at the event. The first catalogue, called The National Folk Festival - the 4th edition, printed with the support of the National Administration of Prisons (ANP) and of the EFA, was released. The catalogue includes images taken by the well-known photographer, Stefan Tóth AFIAP from Oradea for the "With camera through prisons" project which was opened on the 14th of September 2018 at the ”Dimitrie Gusti” Folk Museum in Bucharest. In 2019 will be released more catalogues related to this project. Ioana Morar, the vice manager of the ANP, gave the author a honorable diploma signed by Marian Dobrica, chief commissary of prisons and the general manager of ANP. The prise was given especially for the contribution at the social reintegration. The project wants to illustrate, in an artisical way, the reality of the Romanian prisons and this way, to sensitize the public with regard to the deprivation of freedom.
TWO OUTSTANDING WEEKS IN JAPAN
Seven photographers from Yokohama, members of the Danubiu Photoclub (partner organization of the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association - EFA) went to the Narita airport from Tokio (at 80 km distance) on Sunday, the 14th of October 2018 to say good bye to the three guest artists, members of the EFA. These were in a creation travel to Japan during the 1st and the 14th of October. Stefan Tóth AFIAP, the president of the EFA, Kardos Tamás from Köszegszerdahely and Kovács Miklós from Budapest (HU) had the opportunity to visit many special places in Japan, thanks to Ruichi Tazaki, the president of the Danubiu photoclub and his son, Katsuya Tazaki who translated into Hungarian language. The three guests have met the managers of the Japanese Photography Society and the members of the Digital Photoclub from Tokyo on Saturday. In the Syasin private gallery, situated at the Fuji mountain, a special meeting took place with the well-known Mr. Tamitzuka Syansinka (photographer at the Fuji company) and with his wife, Yamanankako. Stefan Tóth AFIAP held a successful workshop with 12 members of the ”Danubiu” Photoclub from Yokohama and with the 2 members of the EFA from Hungary, at the center of the Japanese-Hungarian friendship from Tokyo. The 12 members of the ”Danubiu” Photoclub will visit for 10 days various places from Hungary and Romania (Oradea and Bihor region) in 2019.
A NEW PHOTOGRAPHY ART EXHIBITION FROM THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION OPENED AT THE
EURO FOTO ART GALLERY ORADEA
On Friday, the 27th of July 2018, at 18.00 hours, there was opened the exhibition of the members of the Creative Union Photoart from Penza, the Russian Federation(a partner organization of the Euro Foto Art international association since 2013). The many visitors were saluted by Stefan Toth AFIAP, the President of EFA, who appreciated the long lasting collaboration. Dr. Ramona Novicov, art critic, appreciated the high artistical level and the diversity of the exposed images, underlying the genuine Russian spirit of them. The musical moments were offered by Alexandrina Chelu(voice) and Florian Chelu(guitar), performing the "Sound of shape" by Valeri Briusov and the 25th sonet by Shakespeare. Alexandrina Chelu performed " The poet" by Puskin. At the closing of the event, Stefan Toth AFIAP read the message of His Excellency, Valery I. Kuzmin, the Extraordinary and Plenipotential Ambassador of the Russian Federation Embassy in Romania, who appreciated the collaboration between the two countries and the two cities: Oradea and Penza. The 556th exhibition, organized in partnership with the Nufarul photoclub and the Gheorghe Sincai regional library, will be opened to the public until the 16th of August 2018 between 8.00 and 19.00 hours on working days (Photo:Tünde Gorzó)
UNIVERSITY OF SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHIC ART IN ORADEA AND BIHOR COUNTY
The opening took place on Saturday, the 30th of June 2018, at the conference hall of the Oradea fortress in front of over 50 photographers from Hungary and Romania. The 34th edition of this event was organized by the MAFOSZ - the Association of the Hungary Photoclubs in partnership with the Euro Foto Art International Association (EFAIA) under the financial support of the regional Counsel of Bihor (CJB) and the CJB - Oradea City Hall patronages. The public was saluted by Horváth Imre EFIAPs - the President of MAFOSZ and by Stefan Tóth AFIAP - the President of EFA and vice-president of MAFOSZ. Professor Dukrét Géza presented a brief history of Oradea. With regard to this, the photographers have visited and photographed the Oradea City Hall's tower, the Sion Synagogue, the Oradea Fortress from outside and the EFA's center. On Sunday, the photographers have visited the highest point of Oradea-the ”Ciuperca” where they admired the wonderful panorama of the city, then the ”St. Cross” Monastery and the Orthodox Synagogue ”Hevra Sas”. The photographers have visited the new center of the Museum of the Country of Rivers and the Museum of Oradea-Cultural Center where they admired the exposed images of the Stefan Tóth Technical and Art Photography Collection (The First Photography Museum in Romania). At 18:00 hours there was opened at the ”Euro Foto Art” Gallery the 555th exhibition including 98 images taken by the photographers who participated at the event organized by the MAFOSZ. At the end of the evening two slideshows were presented: "Oradea and Bihor region" by Ovi D. Pop EFIAP and "Caves of Romania" by Claudiu Szabo EFIAP. On Monday, the 2nd of July 2018, the photographers have visited the 1st of May Baths and the Felix Baths. At the end of the day the taken images were presented at the EFA Center. On the 4th day the photographers have travelled to the south of Bihor region. They have visited the Museum of , then the Cave of Bears and the Flutur open air museum in Chiscău and ”St. Teodor Tiron” wood church in Brătesti. At the end of the day the taken images were evaluated. On the 5th day, the 4th of July, the photographers have visited the theater, the Philharmonic hall, the Ady Endre High School (where a memory image was taken) and the Ady Endre Museum. At 11.00 hours, at the Oradea Museum-Cultural Center the "Foto Hungarikum" album was launched. The large number of visitors was saluted by dr. Ionut Ciorba from the Museum and by Horváth Imre, the President of MAFOSZ. The musical moments were offered by Lucian Malita (violin) and Thúrzó Sándor József (viola). In the afternoon there were professional talkings. Between 15:30 and 19:00 hours Török Ferenc from Vienna presented the Canon cameras. Then Kerekes István EFIAP/ 2p from Mosonmagyaróvár, Máthé András AFIAP Debrecen (Hu) and Lennert Géza EFIAP from Novi Sad (Serbia) talked about their photography careers and presented some of their images. In the evening the "Marmalade" movie was presented, then the nature-photographer Dezsö László from Gheorgheni, the main character of the film was the subject of the late discussion.On the 5th of July the photographers visited the north of Bihor region: the castle and the Church from Diosig, the Fishing Museum from Săcuieni founded by professor Alexandru Wilhelm, the Museum houses and iron stoves exhibition founded by dr. Kéri Gáspár in Salacea and the House Museum from Otomani. On the 6th of July the photographers have visited in Oradea: the Roman-Catholic Basilica including its museum, the ”Tíbor Ernö” gallery, the ”Iosif Vulcan” Memorial Museum, the City Hall, the ”St. Nicholas” Greek-Catholic Church, the Orthodox Moon Church and its Museum. The closing festivity of the 34th edition of the MAFOSZ Summer Photography Art University took place on Friday, the 6th of July, at the ”Nevis” hotel. Horváth Imre, the President of MAFOSZ gave the photographers the participation certificates. Stefan Tóth and the EFA got a diploma for organizing the event. In the autumn of this year there will be an exhibition at the Romanian Cultural Institute Budapest including the images taken during the summer university. An album will be also released edited by MAFOSZ with the support of EFA.
THE REQUIEM FOR
PHOTOGRAPHY ARTIST, CONSTANTIN DANCOGLU EFIAPb
On Saturday, the 12th of May 2018, at 9.00 hours, the requiem for one year of passing away of Constantin Dancoglu EFIAPb, member of the Nufarul photoclub, took place at the Moon Church from Oradea. Beyond the artist's mother and family members, also participated on this sad event: dr. Constantin Demeter, Ovidiu Gabor, Gheorghe Talpoș, Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, and the viola artist, Thurzó Sándor. On the monthly meeting of the Nufarul photoclub's members, on the 17th of May 2018, there will be a projection with the images of the regretted photographer.
Visiting the Balassi Hungarian Institute in Istanbul
Friday, on June 11, the photographer Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, president of the Euro Foto Art Association visited the Balassi Hungarian Institute in Istanbul, being invited by the director. With this occasion, the director - Gábor Fodor - took the photographer on a tour of the multifunctional spaces available to the institute, all very well fitted with various equipment, as well as the exhibition galleries. Ștefan Tóth AFIAP appreciated the concept of space seen at the Institute and was pleasantly impressed with what he saw. With this opportunity, the directors of both organizatons have agreed to organize in January 2017, in partnership with the “Dimitrie Cantemir” Romanian Cultural Institute in Istanbul - a complex event, held during the 5th edition of the “Carol Pop de Szathmari - Szathmari Pap Karoly” Festival. They agreed to organize an exhibition about the first war photoreporter in the world, to show the documentary made about his persona and to present an exhibit of digitalized photos of Carol Pop de Szathmári- Szathmári Pap Károly.
Award of Excellence for Ștefan Tóth AFIAP
The Employers Federation Bihor, under the patronage of the National Union of Romanian Employers has organized the festive gala Top Bihor Brands. This year’s gala was dedicated to celebrating 25 years of Employers Federation Bihor. During the festivity, which took place on May 20th 2016 in the Regina Maria State Theater in Oradea, a series of local companies were awarded prizes, for their economic results. Also, a series of cultural figures, sportsmen and politicians from Bihor were given awards. Mr. Ștefan Toth AFIAP was nominated for the excellence award. In a festive environment, Mr. Toth was awarded with an excellency prize for his work in the field of photography. The award was presented by Szabo Odon – deputy. In his laudation, Mr. Odon praised the artistic and management deeds of Mr. Toth. After receiving the award, Mr. Toth thanked his wife and family for being besides him in the last 40 years and for the moral support they offered him in his complex work, and he also thanked his collaborators from his team, who have helped him along the way.
“Bucharest calendar” Exhibition in the capital
Organized by the “Bucureștiul meu drag” Association, Store f64 and AME Design at the F64 shop from the capital, Tuseday 16 February 2016, the exhibition entitled “Bucharest Calendar 2016” was opened. The exhibits have been displayed in an original manner and were made up of the photographs belonging to the 49 members of the association. The pictures represented beloved places of the city. Adi Tache, Adrian Radu Constantinescu, Alexandru Dinu-Serban, Alexandru Iordan, Andreea Alionte, Andrei Birsan, Andrei Nichita, Andreia Birsan, Camelia Stan, Carmen Stefan Pelinel, Costin Popa, Costin Tocu, Cristi Moise, Dalina Andrei, Daniela Bitanoiu, Dragos Ticu, Eli Driu, Eliza Breajen, Florena Vlagea , Flori Jianu , Florin Stanca ,Gelu Coltau, Ionut Morarita, Irina Isăcescu, Iulia Patrut , Kiprian George, Lavinia Visan, Liviu Lazar, Lucia Simion, Luciana Gingarasu, Melania Dima, Miha Mandru, Mihaela Petre, Mihai Andries, Mihai Petre, Nick Costandache, Nicu Buculei, Ovidiu Raetchi , Paulina Selaru, Renate Storch, Sabina Cernat , Serban Vornicu, Silviu Nastase, Simona Manolache, Sorin Panait ,Sorina Tache, Stefan-Emanuel Chirobocea, Tudor Alexandru Panait and Viorel Pirjan have presented their works. The exhibition was part of the 4th edition of the International :Carol Pop de Szathmari – Szathmari Pap Karoly” Photography Festival - organized by the “Euro Foto Art” International Association, with the support of the Ministry of Culture. Due to technical reasons, the opening of the exhibition was delayed, but it will be available for visits until the end of February.
The closing festivity of the International
“Carol Pop de Szathmari - Szathmari Pap Károly” International Festival in Suceava
In front of a numerous public, on the 10th of February 2016, at 13:00, in a festive environment, hosted at the Bucovina Cultural Center, the closing festivity of te 4th edition of the International “Carol Pop de Szathmari – Szathmári Pap Károly” Photography Festival took place. The festival has been organized by the International “Euro Foto Art” Associaton, with the support of the Ministry of Culture. The public present at the event was greeted by Mrs. Gabriela Teișanu, artistic consultant at the Bucovina Cultural Center. She expressed her joy of having the opportunity of hosting such an event. Victor T. Rusu - photographer - head of contemporary art workshops of the Bucovina Cultural Center and the charicaturist Mihai Pânzaru PIM - artistic consultant at the same organization - have underlined in their speeches the important role played by the photographic art in the visual arts family. Ștefan Tóth AFIAP – president of the “Euro Foto Art” Association and director of the International Festival, expressed his joy for the success of Festival’s 4th edition. In it, 32 events took place, in Serbia, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and Ukraine. As a sign of gratitude for the collaboration, Victor T. Rusu gave the plaquette of the festival to the Bucovina Cultural Center. During the festivity, the “Dialogue...” International Photography Exhibition, made up of 100 black-white and color photographs made by Serbian, Moldavian, Romanian, Hungarian and Ukrainan photographers. At the end of the event, each participant received the color catalogue of the exhibition, printed by the “Euro Foto Art” Association, with the support of the Gura Humorului City Hall. The exhibition organized with the support of the Suceava County Council, will be open to the public until February 29th 2016, with free access.
International Salon presented at Carei
Sunday, February 7th 2016, in the exhibition halls from the ground floor of the “Károlyi” Castle in Carei, Satu Mare County, in front of a numerous public, the opening of the 15th edition of the International Hungarian Photographers from all over the world Salon took place. The public was greeted by Hágó Nándor, the preseident of the “Vasile Vénig László” photo club and representative of the MFVSZ - Hungarian photographers from accross the world union - made a point that this exhibition is part of the 4th edition of the International “Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly” Photography Festival, organized by the International “Euro Foto Art” Association with support from the Ministry of Culture. With this occasion, a selection of 50 photographs have been exhibited, accepted and awarded at the International Salon, photographs made by artists from Transilvania. Bikfalvi Zsolt - vicepresident of the photo club from Carei and representative of MFVSZ - presented the context in which the 15th edition of the International Salon has been organized, which arrived in Carei, from where it was going to several cities in Slovakia and Romania. The musical moments were provided by folk musicians Gajda Dalma (in Hungarian) and Denisa Vasile (in Romanian). The International Exhibition is open to the public until February 22nd 2016.