Previous uploads

  • A hundred years of intriguing photos
    Jun 14, 2023

    A hundred years of intriguing photos

    A compilation from over fifty donors, 4000 fresh images has been added to Fortepan. Nothing less than a grandiose summer puzzle: family albums and frames from negative rolls: familiar venues, scenes and situations. Concerning the “who-where-what-when” and other questions, we are eager to hear the answers in the Forum group. But there is no need to provide dates and venues in order to peep, to browse or to remember. We wish a great vacation to all out time travellers!

  • Photos of Károly Lipovits
    Apr 21, 2023

    Photos of Károly Lipovits

    The life of a college student, and that of a small town school in Western Hungary, in the 1950s and 60s, through the lens of Károly Lipovits, PE teacher. 1200 photos of children and youngsters, from the decades of socialism.

  • 40 years - 4000 images
    Mar 17, 2023

    40 years - 4000 images

    The decades of Communist Hungary, through the lens of non-professional photographers and of families, images of photojournalists, industrial photographers, photos of a film director, of a Communist-era mayor and of a writer.

  • 50 Donors, 5000 New Images on Fortepan
    Dec 7, 2022

    50 Donors, 5000 New Images on Fortepan

    What was we happened to see of the past in 2022? Paramount photos of families, photographers, collectors, selected by the Fortepan team. A century, glanced from a hundred points of view, on 5000 photos “hitherto never seen”

  • Photos of József Horváth cameraman, reporter
    Oct 16, 2022

    Photos of József Horváth cameraman, reporter

    1300 photographs from the legacy of a filmmaker. Hungary in the middle of the grim, fateful 20th century, through the camera of a correspondent with a personal touch. Shifting borders, the defeat of the Hungarian army at the river Don, and the family stories of József Horváth in black and white and colour.

  • Two authors – Two Thousand Images
    Aug 19, 2022

    Two authors – Two Thousand Images

    The most important photos from two legacies, those of György Faragó, photo journalist, and of Krisztián Gyulai Gaál, director of photography, respectively. Two thousand photos from the Communist period, on football fields, hikers, concerts and friends. Everyday life and propaganda, through the cameras of two photographers, both with a personal touch of their own kind.

  • The Photo Legacy of József Reményi
    Jun 19, 2022

    The Photo Legacy of József Reményi

    The focus of this collection is the photo journal of first lieutenant József Reményi. The author, a logistics officer of a hospital train, was part of Eastern front missions in 1942/43 altogether 17 times. During this time, he took hundreds of photos on the life of the hospital train and the wartime days in the Ukraine.

  • Travels in Europe
    May 21, 2022

    Travels in Europe

    A compilation from the photo collection of the University of Milwaukee.Travels from England to Greece, from Paris – through Budapest and Cluj – to Warsaw. Street vendors, craftsmen and city dwellers in a Europe divided by régimes and dictatorships, through the lens of professional photojournalists — among them Harrison Foreman, correspondent of the New York Times.

  • 3000 sharp images
    Apr 3, 2022

    3000 sharp images

    from the blurred 20th century. We have selected pictures from over forty donors. Recurrent, but never boring venues, situations, places, from some haphazardly related negative rolls

  • 3000 Photos from the FOMTERV Archive
    Feb 11, 2022

    3000 Photos from the FOMTERV Archive

    Selected from the archive of FŐMTERV (Municipal Civil Engineering Design Company). The grand construction projects of the Kádár Era. Over-and underpasses in Budafok, Pesterzsébet, the streets of Zugló, markets, bus depots and blocs soon to be demolished. The archive of a large construction company, preserved in an exemplary manner.

  • 2700 New Photos
    Dec 21, 2021

    2700 New Photos

    In this series we have included some of the best negatives from twenty different donors. It is through home-made, amateur snapshots that we can let you have a glance at the dramatic 20th century, nobody can ever get tired of.The first journey to the West, or the very first rented apartment, taken on the first roll of film. 2700 meaningful photos, recording negligible moments.

  • 2200 Prints
    Nov 7, 2021

    2200 Prints

    In this series you can browse images scanned from printed photos from over 60 donors. Apart from family albums we represent here some larger collections: the legacy of György Révész, film director, the photos of the Red Army taken in 1945, the aviation archive of Ferenc Nasztanovics, and the local history photos covering Subotica, Serbia (Szabadka in Hungarian).

  • FŐFOTÓ - 2nd edition
    Sep 18, 2021

    FŐFOTÓ - 2nd edition

    Below you can find the second, concluding part of what we have chosen from the FŐFOTO (Municipal Photo Company) archive, the continuation of the spring instalment. You’ll find 2200 images, focusing on three subjects: film posters and hand-painted film ads on large canvases, advertising and fashion photos from the advent of Hungarian advertising photography, street photography block by block, from the inner districts of Budapest. Several hundreds of colour photos, on classic modern buildings, on products impossible to sell, on clothes difficult not to smile at. Professional photos from a DIY world.

  • Our Most Recent Old Photos Summer '21
    Jul 11, 2021

    Our Most Recent Old Photos Summer '21

    This time we have uploaded 2200 photos from 22 donors to the Fresh section of Fortepan. Apart from the ever familiar amateur photo legacies (ones we can never grow tired of), we included images from the oeuvre of two of our pivotally important photo journalists, of Zoltán Szalay and Tamás Urbán. Moreover, we selected close to 400 photos from the WWI collection of the National Library of Austria.

  • Our Most Recent Old Photos
    May 12, 2021

    Our Most Recent Old Photos

    Have a look at 2300 hitherto unknown images from 65 donors in the “Fresh” section of Fortepan. If we place the images from family albums and negative rolls close to one another, we can sort of stroll along the entire 20th century. Here you can find our highly personal selection, the subject of which is human being and human passing. Holidays, relocation calamities, uniforms, public and private holidays. Transit employees, emigrants, pioneers. Our earlier selves – all this once happened to us.

    Apr 1, 2021


    Have a look at the 60s and the 70s through the cameras of Budapest Municipal Photography Company (FŐFOTO). Out of a legacy of more than 200 000 negatives, we have uploaded about 5000 frames. In this first instalment there are street photos, building- and street views, images of hotels, espressos, and workplace interiors. Also, we have included several hundred outdoor movie ads, uniquely produced to fit the sites, fences, tram stops, or notice boards. Also, this special collection abounds in advertising and fashion photos – often survived on colour negatives. If you are interested in the design history of the period, you mustn’t miss all this.

  • Sándor Kereki
    Feb 25, 2021

    Sándor Kereki

    Sándor Kereki was born in Budapest in 1952 and started photographing at the age of 16. On his images, grotesque as well as emotional scenes come to life from the everyday life of socialist Hungary in the 70s. After fifty years he decided to pulish his images that depict the world of a street photographer focusing primarily on people, special figures and odd characters. From the thousands of negatives taken by him over ten years, we selected 1,850 photographs for Fortepan and we also recommend to check out our hundred favorite Kereki photos.


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