Crows, near Debrecen, East Hungary
The map of Hungary is speckled with capsules of time. During the political transformation twenty years ago, as the country experienced change, some places were simply forgotten… Streets, blocks of flats, vacant sites and whole districts became little self-defined enclosures, in which today a certain out-dated, awkward, longed-to-be-forgotten Eastern European feeling still lingers. These places seem to be at one with other parts of the city, but their co-existence in time is only apparent; Each place fades in accordance with its own specific chronology, determined by its past. That what remains is then silently reconquered by nature, or enveloped by the lifestyles of the generations of tomorrow. Of the original inhabitants, who’ve never fully integrated with society, soon only traces will remain, until they, too, will inevitably disappear over the course of time.
I do not observe these mini-universes in the hope of recording them in their entirety, but I rather try to capture the essence of these worlds by elevating certain chosen details of this disappearing existence. The series, begun in 2009, examines the typically transitional period and symbolic locations of post-communist space which, due to disinterest or thoughtlessness, is slowly vanishing, and fading into images. But for the time being, they are still around. Here.
Laszlo, a night watchman in his caravan in the poorest district of Budapest.
26 year-old Peter holds a mangalitsa piglet at a breeding farm in the suburban part of Miskolc, North East Hungary. He is one of the few men of his village with permanent employment.
Abandoned Factory Site, near Szekesfehervar, West Hungar
Dogs in the poorest district of Budapest.
A farmhouse on the North Eastern part of Hungary. This region is one of the poorest regions in Hungary and in the European Union.
A man sorts out bricks of a demolished building on the outskirts of Budapest. Like many of his fellow citizens in small villages he regularly goes to the capital to find some casual work.
Ruins of a concrete building on an abandoned military drill ground on the outskirts of Budapest.
A car wreck on a pole is advertising a scrapyard close to some blocks of flats on the periphery of Budapest. Twenty percent of the Hungarian population live in such buildings mainly on the outskirts of major cities.
A Roma ghetto on the periphery of Budapest. Nearly half of the Hungarian Roma community lives in conditions of segregation.
40 year-old Rozalia gets ready for the day in her flat in Budapest. She has been earning her living as an illegal prostitute for more than twenty years.
Locust Trees, North-East Hungary
Istvan, a Lieutenant Colonel of the Hungarian Army at an unveiling of a war memorial in Josvafo, North East Hungary.
Sunflowers, Balatonakarattya, West Hungary.
Bus Stop, Nort East Hungary
Deers, North Hungary
Tree and House, West Hungary.
Petya, a homeless anarchist and social activist in a forest near Budapest.
Johanna, a nun of the Order of Premontre walks to her convent through a forest outside of Zsambek, North Hungary.
Tamas Dezso is a documentary fine art photographer working on long-term projects focusing on the margins of society in Hungary, Romania and in other parts of Eastern Europe. His photographs have been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, GEO, Le Monde Magazine, Ojo de Pez, Polka Magazine and many others.