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On 24, Jan 2016 | In | By mate

Éva Szombat : Practitioners


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 practicing is the key.
Book design: Ábris Gryllus
Éva Szombat is a photographer and working in Budapest. Her unique blend of glamour and sociological examination has appeared in local and international magazines, and websites including, but not limited to, Vice, Huffington Post, Ignant, BLINK magazine and Feature Shoot. She got her masters’ degree in Photography from MOME (2012). She won artistic scholarships in Paris and New York.


Nominated by Balázs Pőcze:

Where does Vica find these people? While searching for ways that lead towards happiness she found a lot of fantastic stories about how we work on being happy. She talks about them in a way that her perspective and her world does not weigh down on her subjects, but brings something out of them, something that only she knows how to. 


*Participants of the project can be seen on the Hungarian website.