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Zsolt Bátori works in visual communication as a philosopher of art, a photography theorist, a photographer, and a curator. Currently, he teaches visual communication, photography and photography theory courses at Kodolányi János University in Hungary. He is also 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 in Spain. 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 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 is also a juror for Photolucida Critical Mass 2023.

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

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

Research and creative interests:
  • Visual communication

  • Philosophy of art and aesthetics

  • Philosophy and theory of photography

  • Fine art photography

Recent postgraduate courses taught:
  • Integrated and interdisciplinary art practice (Budapest Metropolitan University)

  • Pictorial Communication (Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

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

  • Photography theory (Budapest Metropolitan University)

  • 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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