Daniel Szalai


Daniel Szalai (b. 1991) is a Hungarian artist. In his works, he focuses on human-animal relations, reflecting societal, political and economic anomalies. He mixes different media in his artistic practice and also works with spatial installations. Szalai studied photography at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and he also holds a degree in Art and Design Theory In 2020, Szalai was selected for Futures Photography platform, nominated for the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2020 and became a finalist for the International Photography Award Encontros da Imagem. In 2019, he was a winner of the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards and the recipient of the ON Award at OFF Bratislava. In 2018, he became a laureate of the Carte Blanche Award, founded by Paris Photo. In 2018–2019, he was a participant of the 2nd Cycle of PARALLEL - European Photo Based Platform. He has been awarded the grand prize at the Budapest Portfolio Review 2018. Szalai’s works were exhibited internationally. It was on show at Paris Photo, Athens Photo Festival, BredaPhoto, and at the Organ Vida Festival among others. His work has been published widely in online and print media, including LensCulture, Wired, Domus, YET Magazine, Die Zeit, Fotograf Magazine and de Volkskrant. Szalai is a member of the Carte Blanche Collective, the Studio of Young Artists’ Association and the Studio of Young Photographers, Hungary. He lives and works in Budapest.

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