I am Attila Csaszar a Hungarian-Australian full time professional photographer, videographer based in Perth, Western Australia. Growing up in Hungary, I dreamt of being a professional football player, and there was a time when it looked like maybe I would have a shot at fulfilling my ambition. (I was a Hungarian National team member when I was 16). Following my study at University I played 3 years as a professional footballer but things went on different directions after this period.
I discovered French impressionists work and life when I was teenager and came very close to thinking of myself as an artist. However, I was around 25 when I found black and white photography is my passion and playground. Studied photography in Budapest at one of the most prestigious school (Szellemkep Open Academy), learned and tried numerous aspects of it. In the first year we used only 50mm lens, black and white films and we developed our images in the darkroom.
I quickly realized two things that I’m most interested in. Portraits where you need to capture your subjects’ essence in an image and street photography where you never know what you are going to get.
All in all I think of myself as an optimist dreamer.
When I first got seriously interested in photography, I had my camera with me everywhere I went. I was constantly hunting for images. Many of them are from the street of Budapest and other European cities where I went to a trip. Later I was thinking of series and photo essays not only “decisive moments” anymore.
I look at and interact with the world differently when I take pictures, and although I learn a lot from it and need it, it’s not the only way I want to look at things around me. Sometimes it’s nice to just observe or participate, and not try to capture everything. Other times I like to get lost in my own thoughts and not be present. I can’t do that when the camera is around my neck.
I’m still like shooting on the street and always looking for opportunities to slow photojournalism, behind the scenes shots, photo essays.
People, human conditions and architecture.
So I can get into exhibitions, have my work published and be celebrated. Just joking. But I have spent a large part of my life in very accomplishment-driven, and quantifiable environments. (I worked almost 10 years in Hungary as a project manager at the biggest Telecommunication company).
I came to art largely to escape that type of mentality. It’s the nature of photography that one needs an audience, and of course I want my work to be received well. Because of this, I constantly have to remind myself what my real motivation for doing this. In the end, I feel for me photography is a sort of a unique tool to find more meaning, and to learn about and engage with the world and myself.
My believe is that we need slow photojournalism. Behind the scene shots, stories to fully understand what’s happening or why something happened.
Another thing is what I love that getting inspiration. That’s why I constantly hunting for it. Photo essays, musics, books, exhibitions, workshops, magazines, films, documentaries, everything, not just photography.
Few quotes for inspiration.
“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Andy Warhol
“You can’t take it always, you have to give back sometime.” – Noel Nannup, Aboriginal major elder
“You do what you love and f..k the rest” – Quote from the film Little Miss Sunshine
“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph” – Andre Kertesz
“Live as many lives as you can” – (I don’t know who said that) but that’s motivate me as a photographer. Try to go into others life try to step in their shoes and show what they might feel.
“If you don’t like it, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. But don’t complain.” - Maya Angelou
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou
“Don’t take yourself too seriously” - So many famous people said that but I’d like to say it to so many people day by day.
Are you ready for an adventure together?
I’m available for assignments worldwide.
Contact me when you are ready because:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain