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INSTANTÀKOS for SUPERSENSE

Ákos Burg
Ferdinandstraße 27/4/44
1020 Wien
00436764105431
akosburg@me.com
created 27.05.2019, Vienna.
Marlene & Chris
ONE INSTANT production team
Praterstraße 70
1020 Wien
office@supersense.com

DEAR Marlene AND Chris,

lovely ONE INSTANT production team,

After following the kickstarter campaign of "ONE INSTANT.Analog packfilm re-invented", I was pleased to find out that Supersense is currently seeking to recruit an instant production team member with experience in working with paper, bookbinding, and analog photography, as I believe that I possess the necessary qualifications to support the high quality production process of saving instant analog photography with the ONE INSTANT pack film project.

 

I was born 10 May 1987 in Szeged, Hungary and my parents moved our family to Austria in 1990 to pursue their careers as scientists. Speaking several languages fluently (English, German, Hungarian as well as some Spanish), I decided to stay in Austria to be close to my loved ones. For many years now, I have been based in Vienna where I have studied, worked, loved, enjoyed life and obsessed over photography. I am the creative "black sheep" in a family of scientists!

 

I am very familiar with Supersense and its philosophy as I live only a few walking minutes away from the Supersense Palace. I visit the store frequently to sample new merchandise, drink coffee, and buy books – the latest of which was Anna Frey’s “Bücher binden”. I always take friends and guests for a visit as well! I particularly appreciate the unique, quality inventory that you carry. There truly is something for everyone at Supersense, even if one simply takes in the store’s unique atmosphere while sipping their drink and gets inspired by the exceptional merchandise. Personally, I am thrilled with every visit because I am passionate about older printing and photography techniques, and l still love to work with paper in our digitally dependent world. I carry my analog notebook everywhere with me; I use it to collect thoughts, ideas, and to draw up a variety of original projects every day. In my downtime, I have produced books and created fine art prints and small paper goods to hold a visual product which can later be given away or sold. 

 

It fills me with great satisfaction to work with my hands using paper and other materials I find interesting. One of the examples was the book project titled  "Gumpi", for which I had the photographs taken, edited them, and let the book printed digitally. I was thrilled about the opportunity to work in a letterpress manufacture of a friend, as we had few limitations in the production process for the book. The book required us to work incessantly for 2 weeks as we had to boost and reshape the book, and we wanted the final product to be absolutely top quality and unique. We stopped at nothing, and in the end I was very proud of the 31 books produced effectively and precisely. I would be delighted to have the privilege to show you the exceptional workmanship of these selected projects I worked on:

Analog (instant) photography rules and needs to be saved! This 2-day analog photography workshop was intended to advertise this medium to a younger audience. The event was held at BG&BRG Boehaayegasse in Vienna’s 3rd district. Over the course of this workshop, I was able to teach participants the basic principles of exposing and developing using chemical processes in a darkroom. We started with the camera obscura: an entire room became a camera, and we stood inside it. During the second part, we focused on artistic production: participants created photographic products using chemicals in combination with time (exposure). Here is a short photo series of snapshots I took during the production part of the workshop:

As you can see from the two projects I have just highlighted, I am keenly interested in keeping analog photography and paper goods alive, and I am eager to share this passion with others. Supersense’s ONE INSTANT project presents a unique opportunity for me to share my interest with the community in the quintessential environment, just a few steps away from my home. I appreciate Supersense’s exceptional and innovative approach to developing photographic 100 packfilm, and I believe that my interests are uniquely suited to help bring this project to the next level.

Given my interest in the position, I am convinced that we would come to a mutually satisfying agreement concerning the salary, and I will be happy to discuss my thoughts with you in person

 

It would be my pleasure to meet with you personally in order to discuss how my skills and professional experience would benefit the Supersense team. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

EDUCATION

Graduated high school 2007 in Eisenstadt, BG/BRG/BORG Kurzwiese

 

2007-2013 studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Department of landscape architecture and landscape planning, Nr. 219.

 

2013-2015 ‘dieGraphische’ Höhere Graphische Bundes-Lehr und Versuchsanstalt Wien. Photography department, graduated with honours. 

I am well-versed in using the following softwares: Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, Indesign, CaptureOne and Premiere.

 

In 2017, I founded my own photo studio and have been working as a freelance photographer.

Languages: German L1, Hungarian L1, English C1, Spanish B1

Driving licence B (impeccable driving record)

EXPERIENCE

Thesis (Fachbereichsarbeit) “Kreativ- Digitale Fotografie und Bildbearbeitung”, 2007

 

3rd place photo competition “streetlife”, zooming culture, Bgld, 2008

 

Group exhibition “Fotografie braucht ihren Raum” with Hans Wetzelsdorfer, Gerda Aigner & Co., Eisenstadt 2009

 

Second place “Landesjugendkulturpreis Burgenland”, 2009

 

Fourth place “Landesjugendkulturpreis Burgenland”, 2010

 

Official photographer, World Gliding Championship, Szeged, Hungary, 2010

 

Photo, audio and screening workshop “Schlaflos durch den Tag, wach durch die Nacht”, 2013

 

Photographer, editor, graphic designer, social media and online content manager at www.elektrohaus.at, Eisenstadt, 2013-2014

 

Photo cooperation with Landeskulturreferat Burgenland in the book project “25 Jahre BGLD, der Fall des Eisernen Vorhangs, Edition lexliszt, ISBN 978-3-99016-071-8, 2014

 

Cover photo and publications in “PREMIUM” magazine, autumn, 2014

 

Photo workshop for children, planning and delivery at the Kindergarten Kleinhöflein, 7000 Eisenstadt.

 

Internship at “LaManana”, Attila Tornyi, Büro124, Burggasse 124, Vienna, July/August 2015

 

Internship (assisting photographers and self-operating processes in digitalising the collection of the museum) in MAK, Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst - Austrian Museum for Applied Arts and Contemporary Art, November/December 2015.

 

Cooperation with Bretz Austria + Hey-Mr. + MisterVienna’15 in Stilwerk, 1020 Vienna, 2015

 

Artistic book project: “Vor Bildende Kunst / Before Fine Art”, first prize in the category “photography” at dieGraphische, and nomination for Golden Pixel Award, Vienna, 2015 

 

First prize in the photo competition “refugees”, zooming culture, Burgenland, 2015

 

Cooperation with “Institut für Kultur und Konzepte Wien”, 2015-2016

Since founding my own studio in 2017, I have worked regularly with several press agencies and worked on a variety of other photo projects.

 

“Menschenbilder” Outdoor Photo Exhibition in Eisenstadt, Oberwart, Oberpullendorf, Güssing, 2018

One single photo exhibition in Kramladen Vienna, 2018.

Participation at the group exhibition "Here I live" in the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, November 2018.

PS:

I strongly do believe that analog instant photography deserves a new understanding of need and true respect in todays defining digital photography ! I want to help instant analog photography not becoming completely and irreversibly extinct.