Éva Szombat, a huge fan of Nightmare On Elm Street, is a photographer working in Budapest, Hungary. She got her masters’ degree in Photography from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) in 2012 and has won artistic scholarships in Paris and New York. Her work is a unique blend of glamour and sociological examination that has been featured in exhibitions in Hungary, Germany and the USA as well as in local and international magazines (both print & online). Between 10-13 March her work will be exhibited in the seventh edition of MIA Photo Fair, in Milan, Italy.
In her own words:
I’ve been interested in happiness for a long time. How do we reach it, how do we maintain it? Can anyone be happy? What are the chances for those, who aren’t predestined for happiness? With my photobook Practitioners, I was looking for people, who take an active role in increasing their feeling of happiness. Erika lost her child, but found help in balloon twisting. Maria claims her passion for collecting frogs helped cure her cancer. Some people find happiness after gender reassignment surgery, some find it when keeping pets, but even a rubber crocodile can be its source. Constantly practising is the key.
This is a sample of her work
All images © Éva Szombat (from her latest series “Practitioners”)