Profile and Photographic Activity

Tóth Stefan AFIAP, ESFIAP

Romania

Born on August the 8th 1951, in Tăuteu (Romania), he is currently a pensioner. In 1976, he was the founding president of the “Nufărul” PhotoClub Oradea (which he has been running for 46 years), individual member of the International Federation of Photographic Art (affiliated to UNESCO). The PhotoClub is considered to be the most representative club of Romania and is an official partner organization of “Euro Foto Art” Association of Oradea.

In 2008 he was the founding president of the “Euro Foto Art” International Association of Oradea, which he has been running since its establishment. “Euro Foto Art” Association is currently a Regional Member of the International Federation of Photographic Art (affiliated to UNESCO) and has concluded partnerships with 61 photographic societies from several European countries and Asia: China (China Photo Network Online) and Japan (Photogrpay Society of Japan, – Tokyo and “Japan Danube” Photoclub), Singapore (Asia Photographers Union, India (Bengal Photography Institute,, Creative Art Solution), Middle East (WPG Saudi Arabia (PIP Alexandria – Egypt), ”Abgineh” Photo Club Iran . The International Association counts more than 100 members, creators and supporters, from Austria, China, Ireland, Japan, Great Britain, Spain, France, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, Spain, USA and Hungary etc. ;

  • He was the president of the Association of the Art Photographers of  Romania (AAFR) between June 2007 and December 2012;
  • Since 2016 he is the vice-president of the Association of Hungarian Photoclubs (National Operational Member of FIAP) and the Society of Hungarian Photographers from the Carpathian Basin (2022) based in Szeged (HU);
  • He is the founder and the manager of the only permanent fine-art photography gallery of Romania: the ”Euro Foto Art” Gallery, which, in its 33 years of activity, hosted over 620 international exhibitions of photographic art and presented to the public more than 50.000 photos from all the continents of the world. In 1919 the Gallery became the Exhibition Center of the International Federation of Photographic Art Oradea – Romania (number 17 in the world)
  • He is the director of large-scale cultural events: the International Photo Festival “Carol Pop de Szathmári – Szathmári Pap Károly” (registered as trademark with the Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks), the European Photo Festival and the Chinese Photo Festival in Romania.
  • He is the coordinator of the national project entitled “Nationalities of Romania”, which has led until now to the organization of some national salons of photographic art and to the publication of some art catalogues. In this context, the following salons were inaugurated: “The Hungarians of Romania” (2011), “The Germans of Romania” (2012), “The Jews of Romania” (2013) and “The Roma of Romania” (2015), etc.
  • He is the director of the “Euro Foto Art” Publishing House, authorized by the Ministry of Culture, which edited a series of fine-art photography albums and catalogues.
  • He is the founder and principal curator of the first Romanian Photography Museum. He donated to the Museum bearing his name, located within theMuseum of The Fortress & City of Oradea more than 800 exhibits worth over $ 12,000
  • He has been a member of tens of juries of international salons of photographic art, organized under the patronage of FIAP, in China, Germany, Romania, Turkey, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, etc.
  • He has taken part in several international meetings in Thessaloniki (Greece) and in the meetings of the Chinese Fine-Art Photography Association (in Jiazuo, Tibet, Lishui, Beijing), etc.
  • His works (which were awarded several international medals and prizes) were part of more than 100 personal and group exhibitions in a number of European countries, but also in China, Japan, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, etc.
  • He is the tutor in tens of Classes of initiation in the photographic art and technique, organized in partnership with “Nufărul” Photo Club of Oradea.
  • He is a member of honour of tens of photographic societies in several European countries and Brazil, but also member of the Japanese Fine-Art Photography Society of Kyoto and Hiroshima, etc.
  • On April 6, 2023, he laid the foundations of the Exhibition Center of the International Euro Photo Art Association” located in the Medieval Fortress of Oradea (Building E, ground floor), which includes the “Ștefan Vilidár István”, “Matei Stegerean” and “Mezey Lajos” Galleries.

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