Judy Iranyi

Judi Iranyi was born in Hungary at the close of World War II. Later she emigrated to Venezuela, and also lived in Trinidad, Barbados, West Germany and Okinawa, Japan before moving to San Francisco in 1971.

Ms. Iranyi became interested in photography in the sixties. She studied photography and art at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley, and John F. Kennedy University. However, she worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker until her retirement.

Now that she is retired, Ms. Iranyi is dedicating her time to her photography. She has been published and has had 1 solo exhibition and numerous group shows. Her book, Bay Area Families, was one of the ten jury selection mentions in the exhibit Cover to Cover at San Francisco Camerawork (2013) and she won Second Prize in Portraiture in the Professional Women Photographer’s 38th Anniversary International Women’s Competition (2014). She self-published 2 Monographs, Arg-E-Bam (photographs of the ancient site of Bam in Iran) and Remembering Michael the story of her son’s short life, who died of AIDS in 1984.

Artist’s Statement

Photography for me is an act of distilling reality into my personal vision. A photograph speaks without words; it provides a medium in which to express myself.

Three of my life passions are traveling, literature, and photography. This has allowed me to broaden my view of the world and appreciate different cultures. I hope my photographs resonate with viewers.

This has been a difficult year, sheltering in place and not being able to socialize in person with my community. This has forced me to rethink how I go about making new work. I feel that I am in a time of transition. I am not sure where it will take me. My work used be portraits, street scenes and documentary. This past year I have been photographing botanicals in my garden and in my walks in Golden Gate Park.