The photobook launch event was held on 10 June 2016 by Policy Solutions and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Last year, these institutions launched a program entitled “Politics and Classes” in order to have a better understanding of the lifestyles, values and habits of the typical supporters of Hungarian political parties. Based on an opinion poll, 20 different social groups were identified and photographed by the internationally awarded photojournalist Ákos Stiller. For presenting the social documentary photographs an exhibition was also organised. Now the photos and the descriptions of the Hungarian voting groups are published in a bi-lingual photobook.
The book launch event started with the opening remarks by Jan Niklas (FES) and Tamás Boros (Policy Solutions), followed by the introductory speech of the film critic and aesthete András Réz. The event featured a panel discussion about the Hungarian voting groups, where experts debated the main characteristics of these groups from different perspectives. The speakers of the panel were Ákos Kozák sociologist, director of Gfk Hungary, Kornélia Magyar political analyst, director of Progressive Institute and Ákos Stiller photojournalist at HVG. The discussion was moderated by Szilvia Varró, journalist, director of XKK.
All pictures of the photobook are available on the Politics and Classes website: http://www.politicsandclasses.hu/
Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research.
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