In the FORTEPAN collection you may browse and download 38887 archival photos in high quality. Using the slider at the bottom of the page you can start watching the photos at any year of the past century: in AUTO position the show will be automatic while in MANUAL you have to click on the arrow in the upper right corner or use the arrows of the keyboard to see the photos one by one. By clicking on the name of the original owner of the photograph, you may select that person’s collection. To read the background data (if there exists any), click on the letter I in the bottom right corner of the photo, or hit the I key. As FORTEPAN continuously expands, it welcomes donations of new private or amateur photos from the past. Pictures on the FORTEPAN website can be published without restrictions, for whatever purpose, on the condition that they credited FOTO: FORTEPAN / XY (name of donor).

FORTEPAN was founded by Ákos Szepessy and Miklós Tamási in the fall 2010. It got its name from the Forte factory in Vác, Hungary: Forte was the widest spread and most popular negative film after World War II. The on-line archive first consisted of the photo collections of the two founders. The majority of the 5000 scanned pictures came from 20 years of scavenging household junk for albums and film negatives. The founders had a dual goal with presenting and sharing their findings. On the one hand they wanted draw attention to the legacy of (mainly unknown) amateur photographers. As opposed to official press photos, these pictures show another Hungary, denying or supplementing the perception that only public events took place in the 20th century: inaugurated, signed, arrested, welcomed, buried. In FORTEPAN the world consists of holidays, every day and celebratory events, travels, portraits, children and homes. On the other hand they wanted to put these historical photos in public domain. In contrast to the (often necessary) practice of public collections demanding publication of copyright fee, FORTEPAN photos are free of charge. As soon as almost right after the launch of the website, it turned out that our goals are endorsed by many. The first donors came to offer “the public” their old albums or own photos, changing the website from including only photographs of unknown authors into a repository with family collections too.

At the same time, several institutions and photo libraries have contacted us to offer their archives, resulting in annually several thousands of new selected photographs on FORTEPAN. When the website first came out, there was no information on the pictures. Even if there was a pencil scribbling on the back, the founders thought they preferred to concentrate on the faces, landscapes and objects. However, it soon became clear that comments by viewers on Fortepan Forum are very valuable and should be made public too. These data now are included – and regularly updated – in the information on the various photos, and free text search is made possible. We have to thank our volunteer editors who check, standardize and export the information coming from the Forum. What we want for our visitors is to use, copy, share, forward the photographs. We would welcome a note or a link if you happen to publish one or two of them, to see our photos being used and to keep track of them. If you use a photo in print or in internet, please mark them FOTO: FORTEPAN / XY (name of donor). FORTEPAN welcomes archival photos in any format. We encourage our visitors to share their family collections with us and help re-draw the imagery history of Hungary in the 20th century.

FORTEPAN©2010 -- edit Borovi Dániel, Gál László, Négyesi Pál, Péter Gábor, Simon Gyula, Szepessy Ákos, Tamási Miklós -- support OSA Archivum -- web Guti Lajos -- translation Hegedűs Judit

photo Ábrahám Gábor, Acsán Zsolt, Alkotó5, Anderle Lajosné, Angyalföldi Helytörténeti Gyűjtemény, Arina, Bakó Jenő, Balassa Péter, Balázs Lajos, Bambi, Baráth Endre, Barna Ádám, Bartók István, Bartusch Géza, Bejczy Sándor, Bekker Sándor, Benke Imréné, Berényi Márta, Béres Balázs, Berta József, Beták Róbert, Beyer Norbert, Bindorfer Ferenc, Bokor Gyula, Borbás János, Bordács Zoltán, Botár Angéla, Braun Antal, Bruckner János, Buzás Tamás, Cholnoky Tamás, Csaba Zoltán, Cséfalvay Katalin, Csermely Károly, Csőke József, Csontos Péter, Csorba Dániel, Del Medico Imre, Déri György, Domina Géza, Domonkos Éva, dr Matolay Tamás, Drimbe József, Egri Gábor, Elekes Attila, Éles Andrásné, ELTE Fűvészkert, Ember Károly dr., Eperjesi Gyula, Építész, Erky-Nagy Tibor, Fábián Sámuel, Fabos, Bettina, Farkas Jenő, Farnadi Zsolt, Fehérvári József, Fekete Bálint, Fekete László Gyula, Ferencvárosi Helytörténeti Gyűjtemény, Fődi Gábor, Fodor István, Forgó Andrea, Forisek Gábor, Fortepan, G.K., Gabányi Erika, Gábor László, Gádoros Lajos, Gál József, Gál László, Gál Tamás, Galagonya, Ganóczy József, Gergely János, Gesztesi Albert, Geuduschek Tibor, GGAABBOO, Góg Emese, Gombócz Eszter, Grauthoff, Ted, Gyöngyi, Győr Város Levéltára, Hajdú Zsuzsanna, Hangosfilm, Hatala Zsolt, Házy Zsolt, Hegedűs Judit, Hegymegi Rita, Herbály István, Hetényi Zsuzsa, Hídvégi Zoltán, Hirschler András, Hofgesang Tamás, Horváth Endre, Horváth Lajos, iMRe, Indóház, Jankó Attila, Jankovszky György, Jávorka, Jones, Gwen, Juhász Bence, Juhász Gyula, Juli, Jurányi Attila, Kádas Tibor, Kafka Éva, Karabélyos Péter, Kasza Pál, Katona Zoltán, Kerekes Jenő, Kibédi Károly, Kina, Kiskos Vajk, Kiss Ádám László, Kiss Gábor Zoltán, Kölcsey Ferenc Dunakeszi Városi Könyvtár / Petanovics fényképek, Kollányi Ágoston, Komlós Péter, Konok Tamás id., Korenchy László, Körmendy Pál, Kőrös László, Kotnyek Antal, Kovács József, Kovács Károly, Kovács László Péter, Kovács Márton Ernő, Kovács-Palkó Gábor, Kővári Brigitta, Kováts Lajos, Kövendy Katalin, Kozma János, Kozma Krisztina, Kramer István dr., Krasznai Gyula, Krepsz Zoltán, Kulin Júlia, Kurutz Márton, Lajtai László, Lakatos Mária, László János, Lencse Zoltán, Lengyel Tamás, Lengyel Zoltán, Library of Congress, Lipóth Lászlóné, Lőrincze Judit, Lovas Gábor, Ludovika, Lukács Zsolt, Madarász Géza, Magyar Bálint, Majercsik Tamás, Major György, Makkai Sándor Protestáns Népfőiskolai Egyesület gyűjteménye, Mari Gabriella, Martin Djemil, Márton Gábor, Máté Zsuzsanna, Mészáros Zoltán, Mészöly Leonóra, MHSZ, Miklós Tibor, Military Museum of Southern New England, Mohl József, Moldoványi Eleonóra, Morvay Kinga, Mussa Gymma Réka, MZSL/Magyar Zsidó Levéltár, MZSL/Ofner Károly, Nagy Csilla, Nagy Gyula, Nagy Ilona, Nagy József, Nagy László, Nagy Sándor, Nagy Zita, Nagy Zoltán, National Archives, Négyesi Pál, Németh, Németh Tamás, Nemzetes Ferenc, Nyárádi Gábor, Nyári György, Óbudai Múzeum, Ongrádi Melinda, Orosz Heléna, Pálfi Balázs, Pálinkás Barnabás, Pálinkás Zsolt, Papp István, Párdányi Miklós, Pesti Brúnó, Pesti Srác, Pesti Srác2, Pétek Edit, Péter Gábor, Pethő Tibor, Petróczy Dániel, Piarista Levéltár/Holl Béla, Pikola Zsuzsa, Pohl Pálma, Privát Fotó és Film Archívum-Höfler Tibor gyűjtemény, Privát Fotó és Film Archívum-Urbach gyűjtemény, Rádió és Televízió Újság, Radnai Márton, Rados Tamás OSB, Reviczky György, Romák Éva, Saly Noémi, Sándor Dávid, Scheidl Antal, Schiffer Pál, Schoch Frigyes, Selmeczi Levente, Simon Gyula, Simon Tibor, SK, Somlai Tibor, Storymap.hu, Super8 Alapítvány, Szabó Ferencné, Szabó János, Szabó Lóránt, Szalai Ferenc, Szalay Ákos, Szánthó Zoltán, Szathmáry István, Szávoszt-Vass Dániel, Székács András, Székely Márton, Székelyi Péter, Szent-Istvány Dezső, Szent-tamási Mihály, Szentpéteri András, Szepessy Tibor, Szerdahelyi Márk, SZF, Szigetváry Zsolt, Szilágyi Csaba, Szinnay Gábor, Sződy Maczó, Tafferner Krisztina, Takács Bálint dr., Tarbay Júlia, Tari Örs, TEHTUBE, Ternyik András, Tiszinger Róbert, Torjay Attila, Torjay Valter, Török Gyula, Tóth Ágnes, Tóth Károly dr., Tóth Lajos, Tóth László, Tóth Luca Réka, Tripolszki Dalibor, Umann Kornél, Ungváry Krisztián, Urbán Tamás, Urban, Roberto, Varga Dénes, Varga János, Varga László, Varga, Pierre, Vargha Zsuzsa, Várkonyi Benedek, Vaskúti György, Vass Károly, VÁTI Építésügyi Dokumentációs és Információs Központ Tervtára, Vedres Ági, Veszprém Megyei Levéltár/Nemere Péter, Vogl Elemér, Vojnich Pál, Vörös István, Vova, Wein Sarolta, Weygand Tibor, Willant Anna, Wirthmann Julianna, Wolf-Ferrari, Teodoro, Zágonyi Zsuzsanna, Zainkó Géza, Zichy, Zombory György, Zsanda Zsolt, Zsilinszky Sándor, Zsohár Zsuzsa

FORTEPAN is an online collection of 38887 amateur photos, which are browsable and downloadable in good quality. With the slider in AUTO position, you can start a slide show from any year of the past century. In MANUAL position, you can use the arrows in the upper right corner or the arrows on your keyboard to navigate back and forth in the collection to see the images one by one. By clicking on the name of the original owner of the photograph, you may select that person’s collection. To read the background data (if there exists any), click on the letter I in the bottom right corner of the photo, or hit the I key. FORTEPAN continuously expands, and welcomes donations of private or amateur photos from the past. Pictures from the collection can be published without restrictions, for whatever purpose, on the condition that FORTEPAN is credited. For further information click Fortepan in the menu.

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