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The Studio was established in 1977 and has ever since been operating as the affiliate of the Association of Hungarian Photographers. Initially it was intended to provide a professional framework for educating artists in the photographic domain thereby substituting for the lack of institutional education in the field. With the recent appearance of several art schools and workshops dedicated to photography, the Studio has moved beyond its original primary mission of education and has by now assumed a role of integration, facilitating coordination and discussion among different styles in photography and supporting the creation of new pieces of work. It aims to assist its members in finding their true artistic selves and provides them with guidance for launching their professional artistic careers. Concerning its institutional form the Studio (together with the Association) is considered an organization of public interest operating in the civil domain. It functions as a democratically organized entity with members and representatives chosen by way of voting. Beyond its role as integrator of styles, its main objectives is to facilitate the professional knowledge, artistic overview and networking capabilities of photographers as well as professionals specializing in the theoretical or historical aspects of photography.