Anna Tihanyi Captures Female Characteristics and Archetypes

Updated: Aug 13


Anna Tihanyi

An award winning fine art photographer, Anna Tihanyi's practice is focused on staging scenes to tell stories, while exploring her own female self and femininity in general terms. In her on going project A Woman's Chambers Tihanyi introduces the complexity of the female existence and complements the spiritual map of the woman undermining the homogenous and universal concepts of womanhood.


The core idea of the project is to show the metaphysical aspect of the universal female existence. As a female artist she explores identity issues through 12 determining feminine characteristics and roles. Each character gets injured, dies or confronts with a segment of the identity while her whole entity develops through the loss. With this series Tihanyi forms characters that draw attention to growing issues in our societies. While processing her own female self she encourages others to explore theirs as well by using archetypical characters that talk to us in our collective unconscious.


A Woman's Chambers, Le petite mort(e) - Dyptch by Anna Tihanyi

Woman's chambers - Maniac - el agua me llevó - by Anna Tihanyi

Törőcsik, Franciska - Maniac character

Farkas Éva - La petite mort(e) character


Photography, production design - Tihanyi, Anna

Photography assistant - Trembeczki, Péter

Post production, graphic design - Frank Rizzo

Makeup, prosthetics - Kund, Bibi

Hair /Maniac/ - Nagy, Viktor

Hair /Le petite mort(e)/- Károlyi, Márk

Assistant hair /Maniac/ - Szűcs, Johanna

Assistant hair /Maniac/- Militaru, Vivien

Costume /Maniac/ - Weizer, Kriszta

Costume /Le petite mort(e)/ - Szlávik, Juli

Dresser /Le petite mort(e)/- Bozsits Mira

Draftperson /Le petite mort(e)/- Németh, Paula

SFX - Princz, Barnabás

Lighting supervisor - Dóczi, Attila

Best boy - Lucsik, Miklós

Electrician /Le petite mort(e)/ - Tóth, Tamás


Greenery /Maniac/ - Streicher, László

Production manager /Le petite mort(e)/ - Szendei, Petra

Production driver /Le petite mort(e)/ - Czippán, Dániel


Supporting partners:

NKA, VisionTteam, PropClub, Umbrella, Kiskunsági Nemzeti Park


"The idea is based on my personal traits or roles, I personally have been growing up or living with. These painful alternations were influenced by external impacts and internal pressures. Crises activated different characters within me, and made me aware of different parts I coexist with. The transformation generated by my losses is what I’m implanting in my ongoing series. I’m hopeful that understanding our archetypes is to nurture the sense of unity amongst women."


"The aim of my project is to expand my photo essay through the possibilities of storytelling, while gaining perspectives on women’s roles in a global, artistic and multi cultural context"

In a parallel project HER, Tihanyi staged a portrait photography series based on female characteristics and archetypes. The series introduces the complexity of the female existence and complements the spiritual map of the woman undermining the homogenous and universal concepts of womanhood.

HER by Anna Tihanyi


HER - Osvárt, Andrea

Photography, production design - Tihanyi, Anna

Photography assistant - Trembeczki, Péter

Makeup, prosthetics - Kund, Bibi

Hair- Károlyi, Márk

Costume - Keszei, Bori

Costume - Kolontai, Dóra

SFX supervisor - Princz, Barnabás; Princz, Szabolcs

Stand-by SFX - Tihanyi, Dániel

Best boy - Lucsik, Miklós

Electrician - Vékony, Dániel

Studio assistants - Nagy, Szabolcs; Kiss, Péter

Maszk - Kozma, Andrea

Post production - Frank Rizzo

Scans - Vaczi, Kristóf (Café Analóg)


Supporting partners:

235 Productions, Visionteam, PropClub, NKA


From Fragments (Save The Date) by Anna Tihanyi

Earlier this year Tihanyi exhibited FRAGMENTS (SAVE THE DATE!!), curated by Judit Gellér.

"I did that on the occasion of turning 40 in December, and I re-evaluated may things regarding my age, my childhood, and being a woman now." The exhibition featured staged photos installed in old family frames and focuses on Tihanyi's reflections on the complexity of the identity built on inherited elements. The toys and gestures captured are personal stories of Tihanyi that remind all of us of our own childhood and history.

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