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Zsolt Bátori is a philosopher of art, a photography theorist, a photographer, and a curator.

After earning his PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University, Zsolt has taught and conducted research at universities in Hungary, the USA, Argentina, and Spain. As a photographer, he has exhibited his work internationally. Zsolt's primary area of research is the philosophy of art and aesthetics, particularly focusing on the philosophy and theory of photography. He is a member of Phrónesis, an Analytic Philosophy Group, and ARESMUR, an Aesthetics and Theory of Art Group at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Murcia. Currently Zsolt is also a senior visitor at Logos, Research Group in Analytic Philosophy, University of Barcelona.

Zsolt is the founder director and curator of PH21 Gallery. For over a decade, PH21 Gallery has been organising group and solo exhibitions for photographers internationally in Budapest, as well as in collaboration with galleries in Barcelona, Jersey City, and Rome.


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.

  • PhD in Philosophy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

  • MA in Literature, Linguistics, and English, University of Pécs, Hungary

Research and creative interests:
  • Philosophy of art and aesthetics

  • Philosophy and theory of photography

  • Philosophy of mind and cognitive science

  • Fine art photography

  • Curating and photography criticism

  • Visual communication and the visual arts, visual literacy

Recent postgraduate courses taught:
  • Photography theory (Budapest Metropolitan University)

  • Integrated and interdisciplinary art practice (Budapest Metropolitan University)

  • The photographic image: theory and practice (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

  • Pictorial Communication (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

  • Interpreting and evaluating photographs: a philosophical approach (Doctorate research seminar, University of Buenos Aires)

  • Theories of photography and photographic practices: intention, interpretation, taste, and value (MA research seminar, Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

  • Philosophy of art (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

Professional membership and service:
  • American Philosophical Association

  • Aristotelian Society

  • Association of Hungarian Fine Art Photographers - member of the Executive Committee

  • European Communication Research and Education Association

  • European Society for Aesthetics - member of the Executive Committee (2012-2018)

  • European Society for Analytic Philosophy

  • International Association for Aesthetics - member of the Executive Committee

Contact: zsolt.batori[at]
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