Simon Móricz-Sabján was born in Kiskunhalas, Hungary in 1980. He is an award winner photojournalist and documentary photographer living in Budapest, Hungary. Since 2016 he is the official photographer of the Hungarian daily business newspaper Világgazdaság. Between 2003 and 2016 he worked for Népszabadság, the largest Hungarian independent daily political newspaper which was closed down in October 2016.
Apart from his job Simon works on personal projects as well, dedicating a lot of time to develop his personal material, working on photo essays for years in some cases. May it be a social issue or just an everyday stories, his main focus is the human being and his surroundings.
Simon’s work has been recognized by many photography awards. He has won first prizes at the China International Press Photo Contest on two occasions, as well as multiple awards from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Prix International de la Photographie, PDN, iPhone Photography Awards, Ringier Photo Award, Kolga Tbilisi Photo Award and FCBarcelona Photo Award. Among other acknowledgements, he won prizes at Hungarian Press Photo competitions on 30 occasions, including the Grand Prize of the Association of Hungarian Journalists; five Munkácsi Márton Awards for the best collections; three awards for photographers under 30; the best press photographer award; and two Escher Károly Prizes for the best news photo. Three times winner of József Pécsi scholarship (for talented young art photographers), two times winner of NKA scholarship; he won the Budapest Photography Scholarship in 2012, the Népszabadság Grand Prize in 2013, and the Hemző Károly Prize in 2015.
People living along the dirty roads say everything gets destroyed in the mud. The house, the car, the bikes and even the footwear.
István Kiss in his home that is surrounded by dirt roads in Tömörkény. His disability pension is 140 Euros. István passed away last year.
Widowed Balázsne Bende and her daughter Nórika live on a farm, which you can get to along an embankment built from clay.
Janos poses with his dog at his farm in Csanytelek, Csongrád country. For the people who live along and near dirts road mud is a constant problem, just as well walking and getting around in mud.
János’s horse on the outskirts of Tömörkény in Csongrád county
Lajos of Csanytelek at the forefront of his house, selecting springs of mattresses for selling them as metal waste. Besides poverty the village struggles with the inconvenience of dirt roads.
The wall of Lajos Kovács’ house in Csanytelek. Most of those living in “Mud Country” have great difficulties maintaining their house.
Luca lives with his mother and grandfather in their home in Csanytelek, Csongrád County together with her five brothers. According to the latest data almost half of young children live in poverty in Hungary.
Damage caused by inland waters on the wall of the Darnai family’s house.
Ilona is a public worker. The only other source of income for their family is her husband’s invalidity benefits of 145 Euros per month. Living on a paid job is almost impossible and eventually seems beyond hope for most of the poor. Ilona passed away last year.
Cemetery in Csanytelek.
Agricultural labour in “Mud Country”. Tractors are not only of use for work in the walk-in plastic tunnel.
Viktor lives with his parents and 5 brothers in their home in Csanytelek.
Mária and her daughter, Luca preparing for school early in the morning. Most of the families of “Mud Country” must spend almost all their income for raising the children and covering their most basic needs.
Anna Sebők walks in front of her house at Csanytelek. She has been living here for the past 58 years. The majority of the youth move to nearby cities as soon as they can, resulting in a relatively high number of people living alone in “Mud Country”.
Abandoned house at Csanytelek, Csongrád county. There are an increased number of abandoned buildings in “Mud Country” that after a time become one with nature.
Public workers at the village of Tömörkény.
The retired Lajos Kovács in front of his own young-age portrait in the only small room of his house.
Lamb in a pit in front of a house in Tömörkény. Only a few families of “Mud Country” can afford to have livestock.
The 15-year-old Zsolt poses at his father’s farm near a farm settlement, Tömörkény.
Lunch at the Borsos’ in Csanytelek, Hungary. Mária and József raise 6 children. Most of the families of this village must spend almost all their income for raising the children and covering their most basic needs.
At Csanytelek, in county Csongrád 35 per cent of the population lives along dirt roads.
Luca and Bence Borsos watching television in the evening in their house.
Pig slaughter at Csanytelek. Pig slaughter is an old tradition in Eastern Europe and it is still a frequent event in the countryside in winter.
Guest having a drink of pálinka (Hungarian spirit) at the Borsos’ house. Alcohol consumption is a serious problem in Hungary, 800 thousand people of the population of 10 million is affected by alcohol dependence. The number of so-called dedicated drinkers may reach 2,5 million.
The outer roads belong to the local municipalities; their small finances are mainly concentrated on the inner areas. And the ministries are simply not concerned with the dirt roads in the outer areas and suburbs.
Mária Veres, in her home that is surrounded by dirt roads. Mária’s husband died years ago. They bought the farm together on loans and ever since then the retired disable woman pays the mortgage alone.
Half of the people between the ages of 19 and 30 years would like to work abroad.
József and his wife in front of their hut. The pair built an own hut after many years of the homelessness in Tiszaföldvár.
The shepherd dogs usually get to eat the dead lambs on the farmlands of Tömörkény.
Most of the refugees arriving by dinghy to the Isle of Lesbos on the 3rd of December 2015 are Afghan and Syrian. For them Lesbos is the main entrance to the European Union at the moment.
Greek lifeguards are helping the families reaching Lesbos. Despite the worsening weather and the growing number of arrests of traffickers more people arrive in December than in the summer.
Bostan and his friend from Syria celebrating their reaching Lesbos on the 3rd of December 2015 by kissing the Earth. More than 800 thousand refugees arrived to Greece last year.
Refugees stand at a door of a Croatian train after arriving at a train station in Magyarboly, Hungary, September 18, 2015.
Refugees on the road to Dobova, Slovenia near the Croatian border on the 23rd of October. Following the lockdown of the Hungarian borders, neighboring countries had great difficulties managing the wave of refugees.
A wedding picture lies in the mud after being left behind close the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia.
Refugees walk to cross the border from Sebia into Croatia, near Tovarnik, Croatia, September 18, 2015.
Hungarian workers build a fence at a refugee camp near Roszke, Hungary, where over 1,000 migrants are are being held with no freedom of movement.
Refugees sleeps at the train station as they wait for their transit to Western Europe in Tovarnik, Croatia, September 19, 2015.
Refugees walk to a bus to be taken to the Croatian-Hungarian border in the Serbian-Croatian border village of Tovarnik, on 19 September, 2015.
Refugees near Rigonce, Slovenia in October. Those crossing the green border between Croatia and Slovenia spent the night in an open-air camp while the temperature was approaching freezing-point.
After crossing the sea at night, a pregnant woman in shock is being treated by family and a volunteer in Lesbos, on the 30th of November. More than 700 people died at the Greek shores last year.
The last group of refugees successfully crossing the green border only minutes before the complete lockdown between Hungary and Croatia near Zákány, on the 16th of October, 2015.
Hungarian soldiers sealing the last section of the green border between Hungary and Croatia with ring-fences and barbed-wire near Zákány. Those arriving through Croatia could earlier enter Hungary here.
A refugee dries his shoes around a fire after arriving on a dinghy from the Turkish coast to the Greek island of Lesbos on the 30th of November.
Thousands of refugees arrive on a ferry from the Greek island of Lesbos at the port of Piraeus, Athens on March 12, 2016.
A refugee man smokes a cigarette at his tent in a building at Athens port of Pireus.
Refugee woman and her son in medical tent of the Hungarian Red Cross at a refugee camp near the Greek village of Idomeni, March 10, 2016.
An injured man pleads with crowds of refugees scuffling to grab aid from a truck at the refugee camp near the Greek border village of Idomeni.
Refugees scuffle as they reach out for food portions at the refugee camp near the Greek border villages of Idomeni, March 11, 2016.
Macedonian soldiers patrol behind the razor wire enforced fence on the border between Greece and Macedonia, seen from the Greek side, at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece.
Syrian refugees stand by a fire at the border fence in the refugee camp near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 09, 2016.
Waleed Abdul Hussain, a Iraqi refugee from Basra sits inside a tent at the first Swedish refugee camp since the Bosnian War in Revinge, southern Sweden on the 13rd of December.
Lifejackets left behind by refugees arriving to the Isle of Lesbos by boats. The number of refugees sky-rocketed exceedingly because of the violence experienced in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
A VÖRÖSISZAP KATASZTRÓFA EGY ÉVE 2010-11
Összetűzésre nem került sor, ehelyett állóháború alakult ki: a lakás védői a hatóságok képviselőt nem engedték be, s csak arra voltak hajlandók, hogy egy az udvarra nyíló ablakon át tárgyaljanak.
Bár bejelentették, hogy az önkormányzat birtokvédelem alá helyezi az ingatlant, a rendőrség közölte: miután bírósági végzés van a végrehajtás elrendeléséről, a feladatot mindenképpen végrehajtják.
A lakásban lévők elbarikádozták magukat. Kulcsra zárták a lakás ajtaját, vasrácsot és áramfejlesztőt szereltek fel, a zárat pedig elmondásuk szerint betonnal öntötték ki.
Panni néni nem tudja, még mit hoz a jövő. Attól nem fél, hogy otthonba kerül, ha mennie kell, talán meghúzza magát az unokájánál.
A rendőrök és a lakásba beköltözött otthomvédők állóháborúja reggeltől délután egy óráig tartott.
Miután az idős asszony sem tudta törleszteni az adósságot, a kölcsönt nyújtó bank jelzálogjogot jegyzett be a lakásra.
Panni néni 56 éve él lakásában.
A követelést több cégen keresztül újra többször továbbadták, mígnem árverésre bocsátották a lakást. Az ingatlant végül egy magánszemély vásárolta meg, ám ennek részletei nem ismertek.
Végül sikerült megállapodni azzal a férfival, aki a korábbi árverésen megvette a lakást, és a végrehajtóval, és harminc napot kaptak rá, hogy megoldják az ügyet.
Délután egy órakor csendesedett el a Lecke utca. A tüntetők hazafelé indultak, csak néhányan maradtak az idős asszonynál. A 93 éves Panni néni megkönnyebbült, de az ügy még nem ért véget.