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.

“In Memoriam Vasile Vénig László” Photographic Exhibition in Aleșd

 

The 4th edition of the International Festival “Carol Pop de Szathmari - Szathmári Pap Károly”, organized by the “Euro Foto Art” association - under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, has offered the possibility of exhbitin in Aleșd an exceptional photographic collection. On the walls of the “Octavian Goga” Library Gallery, the creations of the late and famous photographer Vasile Venig Laszlo AFIAP from Carei, have been exhibited. The exhibition is made up of 48  30x45 cm black and white and color photographs, which convey great messages, all made along Vasile Venig László’s career. The opening of the exhibition took place with the presence of family members from Carei and Săcele, Brașov County, on a Saturday, February 6th, in front of a numerous public. At the event, members of the “Vasile Vénig László” photo club from Carei have been present, as well as from the “Tiszavirag” photo club from Szolnok (HU) and also Mr. Meszaros Odon, “Euro Foto Art” Association member from Budapest. Vasile Venig Laszlo was born on 11th March 1930 in Tășnad. During 1960-1993 he was an art professor in Carei. In 1972 he founded and became president of the “9 Mai” photo club in Carei, until 1993. After the photo club was closed, he became a member of the “Nufărul” photo Club in Oradea, untill his death. He was a member of the “Romanian Artist Photographes Association and had a distinction from the International Photographic Art Federation (FIAP). He participated with his works at national and international events, obtaining important medals and prizes. In 2012 he was given the title of “photographer of the year” by the Romanian Art Photographers Association. Along his career, he was invited to be part of numerous national and international photography judges boards. At this exhibition, the works that were presented were introduced by dr. Ramona Novicov – art critic – and Ștefan Toth AFIAP, who evoked the personality of the late photographer. The exhbition was officialy opened by Letai Zoltan, the vice mayor of Aleșd and member of the “Euro Foto Art” Association. With this occasion, the president of the association presented the wife of the late photographer, with the Lifetime Merit Golden Medal nr. 8 “Carol Pop de Szathmari – Szathmari Pap Karoly”, given post-mortem to Vasile Venig Laszlo AFIAP. During this event, the nephew of Venig Vasile and Mr. Hago Attila Nandor – president of the photo club from Carei - said a few words. At the end of the event, the president of the “Nufărul” Photo Club and the “Euro Foto Art” Association presented to Alexandra Ramona Vențel from Aleșd, the graduation certificate for the photographic art and technique course. The exhibition, organized by the Aleșd City Hall, will be available to the public for a month, during which access is free of charge.

 

Bálint Zsigmond AFIAP personal exhibition in Mureş

 

In the carnival period, more precisely, on the Hungarian Culture Day, on January the 22nd 2016, the Hall of the ”Mureșul” Artistic Ensemble of Târgu Mureș hosted the opening of the personal exhibition of the well-known local fine-art photographer Bálint Zsigmond AFIAP, in the presence of the author. The exhibition is part of the 4th edition of ”Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly” International Photo Festival, organized by ”Euro Foto Art” Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and it included 40 black-and-white and colour photos. The exhibited photos were taken on the occasion of the carnivals of 1984, 1988, 1994 and 2010. The personal exhibition entitled „Carnival Customs of Chibed” was inaugurated in the framework of the same festival at the House of Culture of Oradea, in the presence of the author, on January the 29th 2016. The two personal exhibitions were opened by Barabás László PhD, ethnographer researcher.

 

Special exhibition in Baia Mare

 

The 4th edition of the International Photography Festival “Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Karoly”, organized by the “Euro Foto Art” Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, have offered the possibility of installing a valuable exhibit made up of digitalized photographs of Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmari Pap Károly, in the halls of the County Library “Petru Dulfu”. The exhibit was open to the public between January 20th to January 31st. The 40 photographs have been made after the orginials belonging to univ. Dr. Prof. Radu Igazság from Bucharest. The opening of the exhibition took place on January 20th 2016 at 13:00, in front of a numerous public and photography enthusiasts from Baia Mare. The public was greeted by mr. Stefan Selek, the representative of the County Library, while the photographs were presented by Felicia Săteanu - member of the International “Euro Foto Art” Association. The exhibit, organized in partnership with the County Library “Petru Dulfu”, under the patronage of the Baia Mare City Hall and Maramureș County Council is open to the public until January 31st, without any charge.

 

Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly exhibition at Oradea

 

Starting with January the 20th 2016, the ”Studio” Gallery of the ”Black Eagle” Palace of Oradea hosted an exhibition made up of the works belonging to the well-known fine-art photographer Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly. On this occasion were exhibited 40 digitised photos taken of the original photos owned by university professor Radu Igazság PhD of Bucharest. The exhibition is part of the 4th edition of  Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly” International Photo Festival, organized by the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture. The exhibition was open to the public until February the 28th. The acces to the exhibition was free of charge.

 

„Floarea de Colţ” Photo Club exhibition in Râmnicu Vâlcea

 

The „Artex” Gallery belonging to the Plastic Artist’s Union (UAP) from Râmnicu Vâlcea has hosted the exhibition of the „Floarea de Colţ” Photo Club members. (Partner organization with „Euro Foto Art”). The opening of the exhibition took place in front of a numerous audience, Friday, February 5 2016. The public was greeted by the UAP president, Mr. Gheorghe Dican, followed by the president of the „Floarea de Colţ” Photo Club, the photographer Ioan Ciobotaru. He thanked the exhibiting photographers for the work done: Nicolae Sotir  EFIAP, Trestian  Găvănescu AFIAP,  Laurenţiu Mărgineanu AFIAP,  Mircea Anghel AFIAP, Alexandra Fira, Ioan Ciobotaru, Julien Oncete, Daniel Chiosilă,  Cătălin Nimigeanu,  Sorin Mateescu,  Mircea Băduţ,  Dragoş Ionescu,  Traian Rădulescu , Daniela Iancu,  Marius Cinteză,  Ion Cârstea, Laurenţiu A. Mărgineanu. The exhibition was made up of 65 photographs. This event has been a part of the 4th edition of the International “Carol Pop de Szathmari – Szathmari Pap Karoly”, organized by the Euro Foto Art Association, with the Minsitry of Culture’s support. The exhibition can be visited by the public until February 18 2016.

The opening of the „Romanians and Hungarian” photo exhibition in Békéscsaba (HU)

The Bekes County Library from Békéscsaba has hosted the exhibition of Romanian and Hungarian photographers from all over the world, simply named “Romanians and Hungarians”. On the walls of this great library, a selection of 56 color and black-white photographs have been exhibited. All the exhibited photographs have been accepted and awarded at the 10th edition of the International Photographic Salon dedicated to Romanians and Hungarians everywhere, organized by the “Nufărul” photo club in partnership with the “Euro Foto Art” Association. The exhibition was part of the IV edition of the International Photography Festival “Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly”, organized by the “Euro Foto Art” Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.The opening of the exhibition took place in front of a numerous public on January 21st 2016, at 15:00. The public was greeted by the director of the County Library, Miss Rakoncás Szilvia, who expressed her joy of organizing a new exhibition of photographic art organized by the “Euro Foto Art” Association. Following her, Mr. Ștefan Tóth AFIAP – president of the International Association and director of the Festival - presented the context in which this Festival and International Photographic Art Salon came to be, while also giving his thanks to Maczik Eleonora - a photographer from Bekescsaba. Photographers from Oradea also took part at the event: Dancoglu Constantin EFIAPb, Petrila Gheorghe EFIAP and Ovi D. Pop AFIAP. Those present were sad that the president of the Self Governship of Romanians in Bekescsaba Juhász Tivadar was not able to participate at the exhibition. The musical moments were provided by Hegedüs-Bite Beáta (solist) and Vandik Tamás (guitar). The exhibitions dedicated to the Hungarian Days of Culture will be open to the public until February 22 2016.

The anniversary exhibition of Szabó Attila at Miercurea Ciuc

 

The “Kossuth” Gallery in Miercurea Ciuc was the host of the personal anniversary exhibition of Szabó Attila, a local photographer. It took place on January 29th 2016. The exhibition organized with the support of the Miercurea Ciuc City Hall and Ciuc Secui Museum, with the occasion of celebrating the 55th birthday of the local photographer. This exhibition was made up of 61 small (30 x 30cm) and large (60 x 90cm) photographs,black-white and color. They were put up on display in an unconventional manner. The numerous public was greeted by the exhibiting photographer, who shared those present the story of how he started photographing and the evolution of his career. At present, he is the president of the “Prisma” photo club from Miercurea Ciuc. The exhibition was presented by Dr. Szentpéteri Márton - idea critic from Budapest. At the event, a number of poems were interpreted by the actress Szabó Enikő from Miercurea Ciut, accompanied by a guitar. This event 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 the support of the Ministry of Culture. It will remain open to the public until February 21st. Access is free.

The opening of the “Etnografica” Exhibition in Slatina (Olt)

Slatina has hosted, on the 20th of January 2016, the opening of the 5th edition of the National Photographic Art Salon “Etnografica”, an event which has become a tradition in recent years. At this event, the vice-mayor of Slatina - Mr. Cristian Bircea, the director of the County Center for Preserving and Promoting Traditional Culture- Mr. Florian Dumitr as well as Valeru Ciurea - photographer and reviewer of the aforementioned institution, as well as the president of the “Alutus” photo club, a parner of “Euro Foto Art”. For this year’s edition, the organizers received 403 works made by photographers from all over the country, out of which 40 were accepted. At the event, which took place in the foyer of the “Eugen Ionescu” Cultural Center from Slatina, among officials and exhibiting photographers (from Miercurea Ciuc, Târgu Mureș, Târgoviște, Vâlcea), were also numerous curious photography fans. The exhibition came with a surprise for those present: a musical moment given by Andreea Denisa Popescu, whose efforts were rewarded with applauses. At this year’s edition, the traditional art sculptor Alexandru Stan from Corbu, was also present with a few wooden sculptures. The national Salon was 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 the support of the Ministry of Culture. 

The opening of the joint exhibition at Galați Dancoglu Constantin EFIAPb - Petrila Gheorghe EFIAP

The “Round” room of the “Lower Danube” Cultural Centre from Galați was the host of the group exhibition of Constantin Dancoglu EFIAPb and Gheorghe Petrila EFIAP, both based in Oradea and members of the „Nufărul” Photo club. The exhibition, entitled “The soul of the Romanian village”, organized under the patronage of the Galați County Council, got to the city by the Danube, after it travelled through a few other cities from Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The opening of the exhibition took place in front of a numerous public, on Monday, January 18 2016, at 17:00. The public was greeted by Nicolae Sburlan, the president of the „Lower Danube” Photo Club from Galați (a partner organization of the International „Euro Foto Art” Association) who introduced the works of the two photographers from Oradea. The „Soul fo the Romanian village” exhibition was part of the 4th edition of the „Carol Pap de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly” International Exhibition, organized by the International „Euro Foto Art” Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.

The opening of the personal exhibition of

Moldovan Mihály EFIAPb

at Brașov

 The Culture room of the “Speranța” home in Brașov was not big enough for all those present on the 14th January. Over 100 photographers from Cluj Napoca, Brașov, Debrecen (HU), Miercurea Ciuc, Oradea and Târgul Secuiesc have taken part at this event. On the walls of this beautiful place photographs made by Moldovan Mihály EFIAPb, from  Săcele - Brașov, have been exhibited. This personal exhibition is made up of 54 color and black-white photos. The event itself is part of the manifestations organized under the 4th edition of the International Photography Festival “Carol Pop de Szathmari - Szathmari Pap Karoly”. This festival is organized by the International Association “Euro Foto Art” under the patronage of the Romanian Ministry of Culture. The public that particitaped at the event was greeted by Házi Bakó Eszter, who is in charge of the cultural activities that take place at the Speranța house. Following her, Csaba Balási EFIAPs - vicepresident of Romaian Photographer’s Association (AAFR)  talked in Romanian and Hungarian about the creations and personality of the exhibiting photographer. Ștefan Tóth AFIAP, president of the International Association “Euro Foto Art” and director of the International Festival, presented the context in which this exhibit was possible and gave the exhibiting photographer the Patronage Certificate of the Association, while to Házi Bakó Eszter he presented a “Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmari Pap Károly” placket. Moldovan Mihaly EFIAPb also received, as a token of appreciation for his artistic activity - the golden medal “Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly” - lifetime merit number 6 and the licence that proves it, as well as a Honorary Diploma from the “Euro Foto Art” Association. At the closing of the event, Moldovan Mihaly thanked for the awards received, after which all those present were invited to a party organized in his honor. The exhibition will be available to the public until February 20th 2016.

The opening of the photo exhibition

“Reflections” in Cluj Napoca

 

The “Lucian Blaga” Central University Library from Cluj-Napoca, on Clinicilor Street nr. 2, has held the annual exhibition of the “EKE Kolozsvar 1891” photo club, organized in the 4th edition of the International Photography Festival “Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly”. The opening of the exhibit took place on January 12 2016, at 17:00, in front of a numerous public, greeted by the representative of the University Library, Kovács Eszter. Following after, Lörinczi István, member of the “EKE Kolozsvár 1891” photo club, brought to the memory of the audience the personality of Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly, after which he presented the exhibited photographs. At the end of the event, photographer dr. Farkas György talked about the artistic level of the 64 exhibited works. The exhibition can be visited by the public until February 2 2016.

Special exhibition in Baia Mare

 

The 4th edition of the International Photography Festival “Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Karoly”, organized by the “Euro Foto Art” Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, have offered the possibility of installing a valuable exhibit made up of digitalized photographs of Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmari Pap Károly, in the halls of the County Library “Petru Dulfu”. The exhibit was open to the public between January 20th to January 31st. The 40 photographs have been made after the orginials belonging to univ. Dr. Prof. Radu Igazság from Bucharest. The opening of the exhibition took place on January 20th 2016 at 13:00, in front of a numerous public and photography enthusiasts from Baia Mare. The public was greeted by mr. Stefan Selek, the representative of the County Library, while the photographs were presented by Felicia Săteanu - member of the International “Euro Foto Art” Association. The exhibit, organized in partnership with the County Library “Petru Dulfu”, under the patronage of the Baia Mare City Hall and Maramureș County Council is open to the public until January 31st, without any charge.

Photo exhibition ”Maramureş - people and places” at Baia-Mare

 

On Monday, the 11th of January 2016, the Arts Salon of the ”Petre Dulfu” County Library of Baia-Mare hosted the opening of the photo exhibition entitled ”Maramureş – people and places”, dedicated to the Fine-Art Photography Day in Romania, in the framework of ”Carol Pop de Szathmári - Szathmári Pap Károly” Photo Festival, organized by ”Euro Foto Art” Association, under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture. The event is part of the programme meant to support the candidacy of Baia-Mare to obtain the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021. The exhibition includes works created by the fine-art photographers Tudorel Ilie, Felician Săteanu, Ioan Brezoszki (Romania), Bánfi Barnabás and Csider Bálint (Hungary). The itinerant international exhibition was also presented in the Hungarian twin-towns of Baia-Mare: Gyula, Szolnok, Hodmezővásárhely and Nyiregyháza. The opening was attended by the fine-art photographers Ilie Tudorel (moderator of the event), Felician Săteanu and Ioan Brezoszki, and also by PhD Teodor Ardelean, director of the County Library, the prefect Anton Rohian, the deputy-mayor of Baia-Mare István Ludescher, the executive director of Baia-Mare 2021 Foundation, Andreea Ciortea, the ethnologist prof. Pamfil Biltiu, the teacher Nelu Sovre, mayor of the commune of Cerneşti, accompanied by children of Cerneşti, who love photography and also Maramures county. The floor was taken by the representatives of the institutions who attented the event. The exhibition will be open until Friday, the 15th of January, between 08.00 and 19.00.

 

The opening of the

“Carol Pop de Szathmari – Szathmari Pap Karoly” International festival

 

In a friendly environment, on Monday January 11 2016, at 18:00, the opening of the “Carol Pop de Szathmari – Szathmari Pap Karoly” International Photography Festival’s 4th edition, at the Euro Foto Art Gallery from Oradea. This festival is organized under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Bihor Local Council. At the event, a large number of photographers and photography enthusiasts took part, from Oradea and Szolnok (HU). The public was greeted by Ștefan Toth AFIAP, the president of the “Euro Foto Art” International Association. He talked about the importance this festival plays in promoting european photographic art and presented the main events that take place under its umbrella. He also talked about the Day of Photographic Art in Romania. The representative from the Ministry of Culture, Lucian Silaghi – director of the Bihor County Office for Culture and honorary member of the “Euro Foto Art” Association – appreciated the special role he played in organizing the Festivals of Ștefan Toth AFIAP and of his collaborators from Romania and other European countries. Ioan Moldovan  - writer and director of the cultural magazine “Familia” – has praised the quality of the exhibits, underlining the special role played by photographic art in our daily lives. At the end, Ștefan Toth AFIAP has announced the results of the 9th edition of the International Salon for Romanian and Hungarian photographers from accross the world and he handed out the prizes and medals. The musical moments were ensured by Lucian Malița, violonist. The International Salon is opened to the public until January 22, between 08:00 - 19:00. Access is free of charge.

The opening of the “Picturesque Romania and China” exhibition

Saturday December 5th at 10:30, at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing, the opening of the “Picturesque Romania and China” exhibition was opened, dedicated to the National Day of Romania. The public present at this event was greeted by Miss Antonia Dragne-Ciuceanu (project coordinator), followed by Mr. Constantin Lupeanu, director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing, who appreciated the initiative of organizing this event, as well as the good relations he has with the “Euro Foto Art” Association.  Ștefan Toth AFIAP, the president of the international association, talked about the success this exhibition had in Romania and now in China, as well as the good collaboration relationship there is between Romanian and Chinese photographers. At the closing of his speech, Mr. Toth thanked the Romanian Cultural Institute for the support shown in this project. Mr. Luo Geng Qian, the vice president of the Chinese Photographer’s Association (CPA) thanked for the invitation and for the way in which the organizers handled this project. He appreciated the relationship between the Association and CPA, and also the Chinese-Romanian relations. At the end, Mr. Wang Tienshan, permanent vice president of the China-Romania Friendship Organization from the External Affairs Ministry of the Chinese Popular Republic appreciated the efforts that went into creating this exhibition by Mr. Toth, for promoting the collaboration relations between the photographers of the two countries. Mr. Tienshan said that he also participated at the personal exhibition of Mr. Toth in Oradea (event that took place in the “Euro Foto Art Gallery”). At this exhibition in Beijing, Mr Fu Chunlai, president of the Red Cross China Foundation was also present and also a group of children from Beijing with Saint Nicklaus, who attended a cultural program at the Balassi Institute - the Hungarian Cultural Institute that is in close proximity to the Romanian Cultural Institute.  At this event, Ovi D. Pop AFIAP - the director of the patronage department of the “Euro Foto Art” Association and Kajtar Tibor  - member of the International Association in Szolnok (HU) participated. The “Picturesque Romania and China” exhibition will be available for the public until the end of January 2016

Visit to the China Photographers Association (Beijing)

 

On Friday, the 3rd of December 2015, at 10.30, the China Photographers Association (CPA) hosted an official meeting of the representatives of the CPA, of the “Euro Foto Art” International Association and of the Romanian Cultural Institute of Beijing. The aim of the meeting was to introduce the Project “The Romanian Photo Festival in China” in 2016, as well as to invite a delegation of Chinese fine-art photographers at the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the Chinese Photo Festival in Romania, which will take place at the end of September 2016, in Bucharest. The CPA delegation members were: Mrs. Peng Wenling ( executive secretary) and Wang Yongjie (International Relations department). The “Euro Foto Art” Association was represented by the fine-art photographers Ştefan Toth AFIAP (president), Ovi D. Pop AFIAP (director of the Patronage department) and Tibor Kajtár (member of Szolnok – Hungary). The Romanian Cultural Institute was represented by Mr. Constantin Lupeanu (director) and Mrs. Antonia Dragne-Ciuceanu (culture specialist). Aftern exchanging business cards and pennants, the fine-art photographer Ştefan Tóth AFIAP made a presentation of the activities of the “Euro Foto Art” International Association, highlighting the fact that it is the only association in the world having the status of Regional Member of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). Then, the main activities carried out by the “Euro Foto Art” Association were presented and the last two catalogues and the wall calendar for 2016, edited by the “Euro Foto Art” Publishing House were offered to the other participants. The fine-art photographer Ştefan Tóth AFIAP invited the CPA to become partner of the Romanian Photo Festival in China, which will be organised at the end of 2016, by the Romanian Cultural Institute of Beijing, with the support of the ”Euro Foto Art” International Association. The executive secretary promised to transmit the proposal to the board of CPA. In the end, Ştefan Tóth AFIAP invited a delegation composed of three fine-art photographers, members of the CPA to participate in the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the Chinese Photo Festival in Romania, which will take place at the National Library of Romania, in Bucharest, as well as in several exhibition openings in different cities of Romania. Then, te guests of Romania and Hungary received presents, after which they were invited to have lunch together at a traditional restaurant nearby.

 

 

Exhibition without… exhibits.

 

Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 at 10:30 the opening of the photographic exhibit “Picturesque Romania and China” was to be held, at the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing, an event dedicated to the National day of Romania. At this event, three members of the “Euro Foto Art” Association took part, from Oradea and Szolnok (HU), who took the 100 photos for the exhibit and the catalogues for the event with Air France planes. Unfortunately, the plane had to make a forced landing at Sankt Petersburg (Russia) and in the end the three photographers got to Beijing on the day of the exhibit. Because the luggage and photographs were lost along the way, they had to participate at the event in their “flight costumes” and the numerous crowds had to see the exhibit on a large screen. The public present at the event were greeted by Miss Elena Racu (project coordinator), after which she invited Mr. Constanin Lupeanu to take the stage, the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing, who appreciated the initiative of organizing the exhibit as well as the good collaboration he had with the “Euro Foto Art” Association. Ștefan Toth AFIAP, the president of the international association, talked about the success this exhibition had in Romania and now in China, as well as the good collaboration relationship there is between Romanian and Chinese photographers. As a closing word, Mr. Toth thanked the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing for the support they gave them in making this project happen. Mr. Ovi D. Pop AFIAP manifested his joy of being present in China for the third time and to have the chance to photograph this wonderful country once again. After the event, the audience was invited to participate at a cocktail, offered by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Beijing.

 

Opening of Cornel Gingăraşu’s personal exhibition at

Gura Humorului

During the 35th edition of the International Film, Slideshow and Photography Festival ”Autumn in Voroneț” - Gura Humorului, the exhibition hall ”Radu Bercea” hosted the personal exhibition of the fine-art photographer Cornel Gingăraşu, member of the “Lower Danube” Photo Club of Galați. The exhibition included 40 black-and white and colour photos taken in an unconventional style. The audience was greeted by the fine-art photographer Ştefan Tóth AFIAP, president of ”Euro Foto Art” Association and coordinator of the photographic events which were part of the International Festival. He stated that the works represented a constructive alternative of unconventional visual expression and presented the topical issues of contemporary photographic art. Then, the fine-art photographer Emil Butnaru AFIAP of Gura Humorului spoke about the evolution of the slide show in our country and mentioned the necessity to present to the public opinion this genre of visual art, which implies the passage from static images to moving images – the film. Further on, the fine-art photographer Sburlan Nicolai, president of ”Lower Danube” Photo Club of Galați appreciated the initiative of organizing the International Festival and the fact that the photographic art was represented at such a high artistic level. In the end, the participants were offered the catalogues of the Photography Exhibition “Romania and Picturesque China” edited by “Euro Foto Art” Publishing House of Oradea. After seeing the art film “Pas in doi” (1985), "George Gavrilean" exhibition hall hosted a digiporama projection containing the works of the fine-art photographers Dancoglu Constantin EFIAPb and Petrila Gheorghe EFIAP of Oradea. We should also note that for three days, Gura Humorului became a Mecca for international photography, an open workshop for creation and useful debate on photographic art.

Opening of the exhibition ”Dialogue...” in Gura Humorului

In preamble to the 35th edition of the International Film, Slideshow and Photography Festival ”Autumn in Voroneț”, 2015, in Gura Humorului, “George Gavrilean” exhibition hall hosted the exhibition entitled “Dialogue”, containing the creations of the fine-art photographers who took part in the International Festival. On this occasion, 100 black-and-white and colour photos were exhibited, belonging to the fine-art photographers: Arsene Florin (Galaţi), Dancoglu Constantin EFIAPb (Oradea), Ciobotaru Ioan (Râmnicu Vâlcea), Ciurea Valeru (Slatina-Olt), Gabor Ovidiu (Oradea), Kajtár Tibor (Szolnok-HU), Mészáros Ödön (Budapest-HU), Mocanu Dorin (Iaşi), Paladea Vasile (Cernăuţi-UA), Petrila Gheorghe EFIAP (Oradea), Rusu T. Victor (Suceava), Săteanu Felician (Baia Mare), Sburlan Nicolai (Galaţi), Szabó Attila (Miercurea Ciuc), Toma Andrei (Chişinău-MD), Tóth Magdalena and Tóth  Ştefan AFIAP (Oradea), Tudorel Ilie (Baia Mare) and Turcza Hunor (Miercurea Ciuc). The audience was greeted by Mihai Mardare, director of the House of Culture, who appreciated the high artistic level of the photos and invited Mr. Marius Ioan Ursaciuc, mayor of Gura Humorului, to take the floor. Mr. Ursaciuc thanked ”Euro Foto Art” Association for organizing that exceptional exhibition. Further on, Associate Professor PhD Mircea Bunescu of ”Hyperion” University of Bucharest, representative of Tele Media Film, was invited to take the floor and appreciated the artistic level of the exhibits. In the end, the fine-art photographer Ştefan Tóth AFIAP, president of ”Euro Foto Art” International Association explained the context in which the exhibition of the fine-art photographers taking part in the International Festival was organized. Then, the colour catalogue of the exhibition was launched; the catalogue was edited by ”Euro Foto Art” Publishing House, with the financial support of Gura Humorului City Hall and printed by ”Terra Design” Printing House, in excellent typographic conditions. The international exhibition of photographic art will be open to the public for one month and the access is free of charge.

Ștefan Tóth AFIAP invited at the official reception of the Chinese Embassy in Romania

The photographer Ștefan Tóth AFIAP - president of the “Euro Foto Art” association, was invited by the Chinese Embassy in Romania, to take part, on the 29th of September 2015 at the official reception offered with the occasion of celebrating 66 years since the Chinese Popular Republic was founded. This invitation was given to him by the cultural attaché of the Embassy, Mr. Yan Jianwu, at the Romanian national Library. Mr. Ștefan Toth AFIAPwas greeted by His Excellency Xu Feihong and Miss Tan Yuxiu. During the reception, the Oradea-based photographer met with various political personalities and old acquaintances, among which were Mr. Kelemen Hunor - the president of the Hungarian Democratic Union and prof. Ing. Sorin Dumitru - the vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania and president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Bucharest. Mr. Tóth also met with Yan Jianwu - the cultural attaché of the Embassy, as well as with the director of the Romanian Institute in Beijing.

Photographic art and Mercedes.

In the exhibit hall of ATP Exodus from Oradea, Borșuluistreet 34B, on a Thursday, September 24th 2015, in front of over 100 Mercedes owners and their families, the launch of the newest SUV’s from the Mercedes line of cars took place. With this occasion,  a selection of 25 large print photographs have been put on display – which were accepted and awarded in the VI edition of the “Eurofotoart” International Salon. This salon took place under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and The Romanian Cultural Institute. Ștefan Toth AFIAP - the president of the “Euro Foto Art” Association took part in the exhibit and answered the questions from the public. The exhibit was a real success among the visitors.

The Exhibition of the

Artist Photographers

from Krosno (Poland)

The public in Oradea and not only can view at “Euro Foto Art” Gallery, after the beginning of the school year a new photography exhibition. This time, in the Gallery, the public will be able to see photographs made by the members of Krosno Photo Club, Poland. The photo club was first named The Photographic Society in Krosno and it was founded in 1970 at the initiative of the 40 artist photographers from Subcarpathia. They had made their first international contact with the photo clubs in Slovakia. In 2001 The Photographic Society in Krosno had become The Photo Club of the Regional Frontier Culture Centre (Regionalne Centrum Kultur Pogranicza). Ever since, the photo club has been exposing photographs made by its members and also by other artist photographers in the region: Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Hungary. From 2001 the ”Krosno” Photo Club has organized 15 international creation trips and on these trips the artist photographers have had the opportunity to photograph the lives of people living in various places and the beauty of those places. They have also had the opportunity to get to know the cultural variety of different cities or regions. The meetings between artist photographers have become chances to share their experiences and to organize different exhibitions on both sides of the border. The artist photographer, Wacław Turek, the president of the Photo Club, affirms that “photography means the joy of retrieving and immortalizing mysterious images or images the world had forgotten. It allows us to capture in one frame emotions, everything around us, an incredible universe. Sometimes, photography is also the contrary of logic. Just as Henri Cartet Bresson, one of the most remarkable French photo reporters of the 20the Century said: to take photographs means to find a balance among reason, sight and soul. The varnishing of the exhibition took place on the 16th of September, 2015, at 6pm, in the presence of a large audience. Unfortunately the delegation of 4 artist photographers from Krosno could not make it at the varnishing. The president of the „Euro Foto Art”,Association spoke very highly about the best intentions of collaboration between the two organizations and eulogistically presented the photographs. The artist photographers Kajtár Tibor from Szolnok (Hungary) and Ovi D. Pop have spoken about the international creation seminar organized recently in the lovely town of Krosno. The musical moments were ensured by the artists Ariadna şi Georgiana Mircescu. We appreciate the fact that The Photo Club of the Regional Frontier Culture Centre “Krosno” has become a partner of “Euro Foto Art” International Association. Also, based on this partnership, the artist photographers from Oradea have participated in August to an exhibition of photographic art at the Cultural Centre in Krosno and have participated to several creation trips in the region. The exhibition of the artist photographers from Krosno was organized under the patronage of the  Bihor County Council, in partnership with The County Library “Gheorghe Şincai” in Oradea. The exhibition will remain open to the public until the 29th of September, 2015, from Monday to Friday, between 8 am and 7 pm. The public access is free of charge.

The  Photographic Exhibition of the Organizations from Oradea in Macau (China)

The photographic art exhibition entitled “Dialogue…” composed of 100 photographs in black and white and colour made by the members of the two Organizations in Oradea, varnished on the 22nd of October 2014 in the lovely Cultural Palace in Shenzen (city with over 9 million inhabitants) was a great success. Due to the amiability of China Photo Network Online, Euro Foto Art’s partner in Zhuhai, the exhibition was reopened between the 3rd and the 14th of September, in Macau. This time, through the benevolence of “The Photography Salon Society” in Macau, a selection of 50 photographs in black and white and colour was presented to the public of the Nagasaki Peninsula, in the Wan Haoxuan Art Gallery”, on Xinhua Street. The exhibited photographs were made by the artist photographers belonging to the International Association (AEFAO) and to “Nufarul” Photo Club, in Oradea (CNFO): Bock Paul (AEFAO) from California (SUA), Dancoglu Constantin EFIAPb, from Oradea - (CFNO), Holocsi Kálmán from Szolnok (HU) - (AEFAO), Mészáros Ödön from Budapesta (HU) - (AEFAO), Ovi D. Pop AFIAP from Oradea, (CFNO) - (AEFAO), Rusu Adela Lia AFIAP from Oradea - (CFNO), Szabó Claudiu EFIAP from Oradea - (CFNO), Stan Valentina EFIAPb, from Oradea - (CFNO), Stan Gelu AFIAPb and Tudosescu Gabriel AFIAP from Bucharest.

A heartfelt meeting in Oradea

The management of “Nufarul” Photo Club has restructured the programme of the weekly meetings beginning with September. One of the new additions has been the monthly presentation involving all the members of the club. The cycle has been inaugurated on September the 3rd, 2015 at 6 pm in the conference room of the Nevis Hotel, in Oradea with the presentation of the artist photographer, Stefan Tóth AFIAP, under whose leadership this well-known photo club was founded thirty nine years ago. Near the projecting screen were generously placed two easels, one photograph installed in a special frame representing the artist photographer when he was only a couple of months old and a painting portraying him also, created by a painter-photographer from Marghita a few years ago. In the first part of the speech, Stefan Tóth AFIAP told his colleagues at the photo club about his first contact with a camera and about the time his parents had bought him his first camera, a „Beirette” (made in RDG), when he was only seven years old. He had recounted with great emotion about his first two exhibitions organized in Oradea, in 1972 and 1974 and also about his first artistic photographs made between 1971-1972 in Cismigiu Park and at an International Judo Championship, organized in Floreasca hall, in Bucharest. The atmosphere of the encounter was very special, both because of the content of the presentation and also because of the hospitality of the host, the owner of Nevis Hotel, the artist photographer, Eugen Munteanu, who has promised that in the future, he would host the monthly gatherings and presentations of the members of “Nufarul” Photo Club.