Diary

Memorable programs, memorable people

13 December 2017

Fates, Photos

The more personal fates I learn about, the stronger my conviction: to judge what is good and what is bad we need years, often decades. It is often in hindsight only that a sad or tragic event of our life turns out to have been the best thing that could ever happen to us. For photographer Péter Korniss, for instance, it must have been a frustrating, painful and unjust blow from life when in consequence of the role he played in the 1956 events, he was dismissed from ELTE’s faculty of law and had to work as a factory hand. Who knows, though, if he would ever have turned towards photography if he had pursued a career in the legal profession, and if yes, would his talent have flourished enough to earn him the Kossuth Prize, as the first one among photographers. We hosted Péter Korniss and his wife at the dinner organised in their honour. Previously, János and I had the opportunity to see his retrospective exhibition, entitled Continuous Memory, on show at the Hungarian National Gallery until the beginning of next year. I sincerely recommend for everyone to see the photos of the legendary photo artist, as well as his personal example, showing that sometimes the most blatant injustices hide the best opportunities.