ÓVÁS! Association was founded in 2004 and since then it has fought relentlessly for the protection of the cultural heritage of the historic Jewish district of Pest.The majority of these photographs were taken for a book about the Jewish heritage of the district, published together by ÓVÁS! and the municipality of Erzsébetváros. This exhibition presents a selection of photographs which display the inhabitants of the area, the presence of the Jewish heritage and the religious communities in the district, local workshops, retailers and places of remembrance as well as the internationally popular "ruin pubs" and the district's still endangered architectural heritage.
István Jávor (1948)
Between 1972 and 1986 he worked as a unit stills photographer at the Film Factory together with acknowledged cinematographers such as Lajos Koltai, Elemér Ragályi, Sándor Kardos. Documenting the activities of the democratic opposition, he photographed those who suffered during the Kádár-regime, and the situation of ethnic Hungarians outside Hungary. From the 1980s he made documentaries at Balázs Béla Film Studio, then in 1987 together with his friends he founded Fekete doboz (Black Box), the first independent video journal in Hungary to document the events of the change of political system. Between 1996 and 2000 he worked for the Associated Press as Central European correspondent. Since 1996 he has taught media and cinematography studies at the Lauder Javne Jewish Community School. In 2004 he initiated the foundation of the Association ÓVÁS! in which he has played an active role.
Martin Fejér (1965)
Born into a Hungarian-Latvian family he was brought up in Sweden and West Germany. Family trips to Romania in the Ceausecu era made him familiar with the Hungarian region. He studied photographic design at the Fachhochschule Bielefeld and following the fall of the Iron Curtain he started travelling in the former Soviet block countries. As a freelance reporter for various German newspapers and magazines he moved to Berlin. In 1996 he graduated as a student of Jörg Boström and Jürgen Heinemann with an ironic documentation of Berlin, the "metropolis in transition". Since 1997 he has worked in Budapest, first as a correspondent for the Berlin based picture agency "images.de", later as the initiator of the Central and Eastern European photographers' network "ostphoto". directors of "EST&OST". Merging this structure in 2008 with the French "collectif-est" led by Bruno Cogez, he stands as one of the founders and directors of "EST&OST". He has been an active member of the ÓVÁS! Association since??