Fortepan is a copyright-free and community-based photo archive with over 100,000 photographs available for anyone to browse and download in high-resolution, free of charge. The images are free to share with the appropriate credit given as FORTEPAN / NAME OF DONOR. Please do provide the full credit at all times as it is a tribute to the selfless contribution of the donor.
This website was launched in 2010 by Ákos Szepessy and Miklós Tamási and it initially contained photographs found randomly in the streets of Budapest.The archive has expanded since then through donations from families, amateur and professional photographers, along with public collections. The images on the website are selected by editors. The descriptions attached to the images are compiled and edited by volunteers, utilizing information contributed at the Fortepan Forum. We gladly offer to process your photographs and negatives as well, you can contact us at email@example.com.
Fortepan’s collaborators are: László Gál, Luca Jávor, László Lajtai, Pál Négyesi, Tamás Németh, András Pálfi, Zsolt Pálinkás, Gábor Péter, Dávid Sándor, Gyula Simon, Miklós Tamási, András Török, János Varga, János F. Varga
Fortepan's work is supported by Arcanum, Blinken OSA Archivum, Archive of Modern Conflict and Forum Hungaricum Nonprofit Kft. Administrative management is provided by Summa Artium Nonprofit Kft.
Fortepan has been redesigned! Our goal was to make searching and browsing the photographs simpler. We have been testing the old and new features but there may still be some bugs that need fixing. In the coming weeks we will keep refining the details and we will be adding some new tools. In the meantime the site may appear slower than usual. What remains unchanged: Every photo is free for download, sharing and adapting. Please always give proper credit to the photo you use! By doing so you are not only verifying the source, but you are giving recognition to the selfless contribution of the donor. If you wish to get in touch with us or if you would like to share your photographs through our website, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.