Paul Almasy: Except Mongolia
For more than thirty years Paul Almasy travelled the world for ten out of twelve months each year. Unsurprisingly, he accumulated an impressive body of work consisting of 120,000 black and white negatives.
Almasy was born in Budapest in 1906. He was a curious child that enjoyed spending hours examining his grandmother's old atlas. The time dedicated to studying the world map did not go in vain - throughout his photojournalistic career, Almasy travelled 1,300,000 kilometres by plane and 2,000,000 kilometres by car. His means of transportation were not always conventional. Sometimes he made his way on the backs of donkeys and horses, occasionally he journeyed in sedan chairs, hot air balloons, kicksleds and yes - even on a bomber!
“Except Mongolia”, the title of an exhibition dedicated to him in the 1980s, sums up his travels - Mongolia was the only country in the world Almasy never had the chance to visit!