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Interview

Introducing: Dávid Bíró

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Futures Photography
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January 10, 2020
Dàvid Birò has been selected by the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center to be part of Futures Photography. David is based in Budapest, Hungary and his main focus is the correspondence of the photographic medium and perception. Birò uses the camera as an extension of the human sight and tries to examine the concept of reality and knowledge. He mostly works in the studio environment and seeks to unfold his ideas in a progressive form.

To learn more about him and his practice, Futures asked him a few questions and invited him for the Futures Instagram takeover during this week.

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What are the main themes that drive your practice? What inspires you?

Photography became one of the most common ways of communication and the main source of information. Since it has this huge influence on how we perceive reality, I think of the camera as an extension of human sight. This attitude is represented in most of my work. I try to test the human perception, especially how we look at photographic images. I think it is a very important question, because digitalization, VR and 3D technologies change the role and function of photography.

How would you describe your relationship to the medium and how you use photography to express yourself?

I try to reflect on the function of this medium in my works. When I develop a project, I usually tear down the problem to different segments and I concentrate on them separately. After that, I plan the images in mind and I only grab the camera when I made up every detail. This way I can get a fragmented, but multiperspective approach on the same issue. After all, when I finally have multiple images, they converge into a series on their own. I only have to fill the gaps. This is one of the great things I love in photography.

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What did you take away from the Futures meeting during UnseenAmsterdam?

Unseen Amsterdam was a great place to meet and talk with artists and curators from all around Europe. I welcome every framework which provides this kind of communication, since it was not only a chance to exhibit at the art fair, but to meet everyone in person.

You are one of the selected talents for Futures, how do you think Futures can help you in your career?

I am especially lucky, since I was selected for finalists of the ING Unseen Talent Award among all the Futures talents. It was a unbelievable expreience for me to get into the spotlight and to work with the professional team of Unseen Amsterdam. I got a huge amount of feedbacks, ideas and inspiration during the whole process. I can benefit from all of these in the future, for sure.

Could you tell us a bit about your plans for the near future?

I plan to continue working on this idea from a different approach to have a deeper understanding of the changing function of photography. Furthermore, I will try to be present at other international photography platforms and art fairs as well. For example, you could have found my works at Paris Photo recently.‍

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