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PH21 Academy


Welcome to PH21 Academy, the platform of the PH21 Centre for Photography, dedicated to fostering the creative growth of both emerging talents and established photographers. Our educational program offers challenging and stimulating courses, workshops, and personalized consultations, all carefully crafted to inspire and to enhance your artistic and professional skills.

At PH21 Academy, we firmly believe that photography transcends mere image capture. It serves as a vehicle for profound reflection on the world, a conduit for narratives, emotions, and ideas, and a medium for exploring novel realms of creative expression. Our courses, workshops, and consultations are designed to provide a comprehensive grasp of photography, spanning various genres and aspirations.


Whether you are an emerging photographer embarking on your photographic journey or an experienced professional seeking to refine your craft, our programs cater to individuals of diverse backgrounds and skill levels. Our instructors bring their knowledge and experience to guide you in improving your skills and unleashing your creative potential.


In addition to our courses and workshops, we offer personalized consultations for those seeking in-depth one-one-one discussions and feedback. Our mentors work closely with you, assisting in developing or polishing your portfolio, exploring your unique artistic approach, and navigating the intricacies of the diverse photography landscape.


There are no additional fees beyond the announced course tuition.


Participants receive a PH21 Academy Certificate upon completion of a course.

Current course, workshop, and consultation opportunities

Individual Portfolio Review and Personal Brand Development Consultation

Consultation with Zsolt Bátori and/or Borbála Jász​

From Great Shots to a Captivating Portfolio: The Art of Developing Photography Projects and Series

New dates will be announced soon.

Workshop with Zsolt Bátori and Borbála Jász​​

The Mind and the Eye: The Theories Behind Photographic Practices, 1 & 2

New dates will be announced soon.

Workshop with Zsolt Bátori


City in Frames: The Photographer’s Urban Canvas

New dates will be announced soon.

Workshop with Borbála Jász​​

The Craft of Composition through Bauhaus Lenses

New dates will be announced soon.

Workshop with Borbála Jász​​

Through the Looking Lens: Developing Staged Narratives

New dates will be announced soon.

Workshop with Vicky Martin

To receive notifications about our courses and workshop offerings, please sign up for our newsletter here. We will be adding new courses with more instructors in the future.

Current instructors:


Zsolt Bátori is a curator, photographer, photography theorist, philosopher of art, and educator. He is the founder director and curator of PH21 Gallery, providing group and solo exhibitions to photographers internationally for over a decade in PH21 Gallery, Budapest and in cooperation with galleries in Barcelona, Jersey City, and Rome. Zsolt has nurtured the careers of many photographers who received further exhibition and career opportunities after exhibiting at PH21 Gallery. After obtaining his PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University he has taught and conducted research at universities in Hungary, the USA, Argentina, and Spain, and his own photographic work has been exhibited internationally. Currently, Zsolt serves as a member of the executive committee of the International Association for Aesthetics and the Association of Hungarian Photographers. He also serves as a juror for Photolucida Critical Mass for the years 2023 and 2024. For Zsolt's website, please click here.


Borbála Jász is a curator, art historian, philosopher of art, and educator. She has served as the vice-director and curator at PH21 Gallery of many years, providing international exhibition and career opportunities to photographers worldwide. Borbála earned her PhD in Philosophy and Art History from Eötvös Loránd University. As an art historian, Borbála is especially perceptive to the cultural and historical context, significance, and interconnectedness of photographic images. She also has first-hand experience with the artistic, legal, and practical aspects of collections, having worked extensively with collectors.

Vicky Martin is an award winning British photographer with a background in art and design.  She is best known for her conceptual portraits depicting the conflict between themes of fantasy and reality and strength and vulnerability, especially in relation to the female experience.

Vicky intertwines her created characters with staged realities, which seek to convey the tension and conflicts found within the self. Throughout her work she likes to explore, through strong female characters, recurring themes that she is drawn to, which include: conformity to the stereotypical, individual and societal expectations of femininity, vulnerability and self-doubt. Whilst all her works contribute to the narrative framework developed across her series', they also each depict an element of ambiguity that the viewer is invited to interpret in relation to themselves and their unique perception of the world.

Her work has been widely published and exhibited nationally and internationally, from Europe to the USA in solo and group shows and her work continues to garner many awards and nominations which include Portrait Photographer of The Year 2020 at the Minimalist Photography Awards, Finalist at the Lensculture Art Photography Awards 2019, Winner of the Professional Beauty and Fashion Category at the Chromatic Awards 2018, Winner of the All About Photo Magazine Colors issue 2018, Winner of the Single Image in the Professional Fine Art Category at the 12th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards 2018 and Winner of the Professional Fine Art Series at 2016 Fine Art Photography Awards.

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