Andok Tamas

An Image of Hungary! Tamas Andok is a photographer, journalist and communication specialist from Budapest, Hungary. Some of his beautiful black and white images are street photos from both day- and nighttime, while others are various conceptual series about atmospheres, nature or a person.


If there is a style that he consider the link between his different projects, then it’s the feeling of timelessness, which he tries to creates by obscure, kafkaesque, sometimes lyrical mood.


KALTBLUT: How is Hungary in terms of art at the moment?

Andok: I think it’s a bit ambivalent. Hungary is a small country and in a manner sometimes hard to prevail. However, it’s a very ambitious, creative nation, there are a lot of amazing artists here, photographers too. I think we are particularly strong in fashion and urban styles and our press photographers are world famous, they are very talented and enthralling.


KALTBLUT: How do you know the right moment?

Andok: It’s always different. Sometimes I know immediately that I took a good photo, and can’t wait to go home and see it. But at times I walk for long hours, take lots of pictures, but finally I feel like I’m going home with nothing special. In this case I put aside all the photos, and after a while (weeks, maybe months) I take them out to see with fresh eyes.


KALTBLUT: What makes street photography different to other kinds of photography?

Andok: For me the spontaneity. Of course there are habits, specialties, you can have a particular style, but the unique of street photography is the continual excitement. No matter how well you know your city, a district or that you’re an experienced artists, you never know what to expect on the next corner. There are things that make it easier, but basically it’s always unpredictable.


KALTBLUT: Is there a city you would like to visit and shoot in?

Andok: My bucket list is too long of course. I would like to see Tokyo, Istanbul, Helsinki and much more. But it should be great to go back in time, and see the old Budapest, or take a colorful series in the streets of New York from 1950s to 1960s.

Interview by Amanda M. Jansson