“Figurák” began in 2013 as a project that is the fruit of my attraction to the work of great portraitists like August Sander, Anton Corbijn or Richard Avedon. During my business trips and travels, I gaze out at the world that surrounds me; I watch passersby, approach them and capture their attention. I take black and white portraits of them with my iPhone, with as little modification from the original framing as possible. I try to photograph people in the simplest way, without any makeup or additional lights, whether they’re famous or anonymous. I always treat my models the same way but I am nonetheless very attentive to the diversity of the settings they are surrounded by and the variety of subjects. They all come from different layers of society, from CEO of an international company to homeless, and I attempt to put everyone at “the same level”.

Balint Porneczi

Independent photographer born in Hungary in 1978, I taught myself the basics of photography in my teen years. In 2001, I turned to photojournalism and I became staff photographer at the daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet. I also worked as a freelancer for AFP (Hungary) and Bloomberg News. Since 2011, I’m based in France as an independent photographer and I work for magazines and for different companies. In April 2016, I joined the French agency Maison de photographes Signature, based in Paris.