Artist Interview: Marton Gosztonyi – Photographer

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Introducing, the amazing Marton Gosztonyi!

Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you make?
“I was born and grew up in Budapest, Hungary. I left about eight years ago when I moved to London, where I worked in bars and music venues for four years. Then I moved to Bristol where I live now and have just graduated with a BA Honours in photography at UWE.”

How did you get started making the type of art you make?
“I was always liked being creative. When I was very young I wrote poems, played in bands and did graffiti. Then I started taking photographs and I set up a B&W dark room in my bathroom. During my work experience at photography school I also had the chance to experiment a lot in the colour dark room. After a few years of putting photography on a back burner, I rediscovered it again when I started my degree in Bristol. I like the hands on approach. I like to be involved with all the stages from taking the initial photograph, through the editing process to making the final prints and displaying them. I also prefer to keep it simple and not to stress too much about the technical side as long as I know how to get what I want. Whatever mistakes and unexpected outcomes occur during the making of an image all become part of the story. Lately I have also become really interested in zines and photo books which are making a big comeback. They feel like a fresh new way of presenting work and I really enjoy making publications.”

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What’s your inspiration?
“I get my inspiration from my environment, the things and the places around me. I think all places have got a certain feel to them and I seem to find things that almost feel like they are there just for me to photograph. I guess in a way it is playing the same card as Cartier Bresson or William Eggleston’s ‘decisive moment’, although it took me a while to realise it.”

What is art to you?
“To me art is to create something that makes you feel good. It could be anything from building a house or riding a bike to painting and photography. Also, to be original is important.”

What does your typical day look like?
“Most days I spend my time trying to escape my missis and the kids and get some work done. (I love them really.)”

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How do you keep motivated?
“By keeping active. I like being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.”

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
“Stop smoking that shit!”

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“It’s the Bukowski attitude, “If you do something do it properly””

What are your thoughts on art school?
“I think studying something that you are really interested is never a waste of time. At the same time you have to find your own way.”

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Any other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
“Walker Evans, Robert Frank, William Eggelston, Daido Moriyama, Stephen Shore, The New Topographics, Alec Soth, Juergen Teller, Wolfgang Tillmans, Robert Cappa, Charles Bukowski, Jim Jarmusch”

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