ABOUT PETER HALMAGYI
Peter Halmagyi was born in Hungary.
He studied at the Academy of Journalism, graduated with a degree in Photo Journalism. Worked at Budapest County Daily News, and Evening Newspaper, from 1976 to 1984.
He moved to Los Angeles in 1987, and started his career in the United States.
He has 30 years of experience working with International Press and Photo Agencies - A.F.P. (French Press Agency), A.P. (Associated Press) and Reuters - and as a correspondent for political and cultural events in more than 140 countries throughout the world. He also works as a freelance photographer with the following major Jewish organizations:
Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles – From 1992 to present,
Israel Defense Forces - FIDF – Friends of The Israel Defense Forces,
American Jewish University
Tel Aviv University – Los Angeles
Hebrew University – Los Angeles
Israel Government Tourist Office – Los Angeles Office
The Office of the Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel - Rabbi Meir Lau
He was working with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and the Israeli Delegation at the time that he received the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award in 1994.
His lens has captured numerous celebrities and politicians around the world and he has security clearance at the highest levels. He has photographed many of the world's most famous leaders including:
President Ronald Reagan
President Bill Clinton
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
Prime Minister Shimon Peres
Prime Minister Ehud Barak
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
President Francois Mitterand
King Hussein of Jordan
The Dalai Lama
And many others.
He has covered the last 8 years, The IAC (Israeli American Counsil) National Summit. The IAC was founded by Miri & Sheldon Adelson. He has covered this summit in Los Angeles, Washington DC & Miami.
He was the photographer for President Clinton's last official tour, which included exclusivity for the President's Farewell Hollywood Gala Celebration, attended by such high profile celebrities as Cher, Diana Ross, Mohammed Ali, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Shirley MacLaine and the late Gregory Peck.
Selected as the official photographer to His Majesty, King Hussein of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during his 1995 visit to California.
Invited by the Government of Nepal to be the sole photographer to King Birendra on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebration, at the King's palace in Kathmandu, in 1995.
He was the official photographer at an event hosted by the wives of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and of the late President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, in Los Angeles, where he captured the last pictures of party guest O.J. Simpson, just prior to his arrest on suspicion of the murder of his wife, Nicole Simpson.
Those pictures of O.J.Simpson later became some of the most publicized and sought after photographs in Hollywood history.
He was the Official Delegation’s photographer at the 60th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz - The March of The Living 2005, with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Chief Rabbi Meir Lau, Prime Minister of Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.
18.000 people attended at this historical commemoration of Yom Hashoah.
In 2008, he was personally invited by the King of Tonga, George Tupou V, to be the exclusive photographer at his coronation. Five Monarchies attended this unique event. The last Coronation Ceremony was 47 years before.
Peter has recently photographed exclusivly 2 events which were:
The 2014 Friars Awards - Carlos Slim in NYC.
The FIDF Fund raising dinner in Los Angeles.
This is just a small selction of Peter's work that is available here.
If we could add all his recent events we would have no room left. :)