New Collection

Our XXth Century

4400 photos from dozens of families, authors and donors. Forgotten photos, others left behind, from a newly bought apartment, from some spring clearances, from an emigré Hungarian's legacy. Our authors this time were mainly amateur photographers, mostly taking photos on family holidays and trips. As curious citizens, they photographed from motorbikes in Rome in the 1930s, during the reattachment of Northern Transylvania, on their first post-1956 trip to Western Europe, or as émigrés in Paris. There seems to be no connection between the pictures. But you can have a look at them as if they were taken from one long negative. To quote Ildikó Enyedi's film title, this is what "Our 20th Century" might have been.

Fortepan is a copyright-free and community-based photo archive with over 100,000 photographs available for anyone to browse and download in high-resolution, free of charge.

„And pure existence dictates that there is nothing—no love, no bloodshed, no party loyalty, no sexual attraction, no cascade of lava, no volunteer blood donor, no sunset, nothing in which there is life beating, or nothing that is at the brink of being devoured by non-existence but holds on to life tightly still—that you could picture easily without the color red.” The Color of All Colors: Writer Attila Bartis on Photos from the Fortepan Archive appeared first on Weekly Fortepan.

Weekly Fortepan blog

In this blog, updated weekly in Hungarian and fortnightly in English, we explore the background stories of the Fortepan photos and donors in richly illustrated articles. All our posts can be republished under a CC licence.

Previous uploads

Every month or two, we update our site with around 2-3000 images, often mixing family photos of many donors, but sometimes a photo documentation of an author or a company is added to the archive.



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