Anna Mogyorósy was born in Budapest, Hungary and emigrated as a refugee with her parents during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. After studying art at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts in New York, she returned to Europe to live, work and study. She graduated with a diploma from Hotelfachschue Speiser in Bad Wiessee, Germany majoring in hotel and restaurant management. After graduation, she lived and worked in Zürich, Switzerland and Grenoble, France. Upon her return to New York she held positions at The Plaza, Waldorf-Astoria and Barbizon-Plaza hotels.
Anna found a Canon FTb 35mm camera in one of the hotels where she worked, which inspired her return to School of Visual Arts, earning a BFA in Photography. She worked with Wilma Wilcox in cataloging Weegee’s negatives and researched his works in the New York daily, PM. As a photographic printer’s assistant to Sid Kaplan, she worked on several major exhibits and books by world famous photographers. Later, she was staff photographer at Yeshiva University, New York for many years.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Anna returned to Budapest in 1990 photographing freelance for several international publications, including The New York Times, Business Week, The Guardian, The Independent, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and others. She also began to photograph abandoned cemeteries, both Christian and Jewish in Hungary, Romania and Austria. Returning to New York, she was Studio Manager for noted architectural photographer Norman McGrath.
Her parents saved all family negatives and photographs from the turn of the 19th to 20th century up to 1956. Her father was an amateur photographer and filmmaker, leaving dozens of processed, uncut rolls of negatives, prints and a few reels of 16mm film. This inheritance sparked her interest to research her ancestors in Austria, Hungary and Moravia, now part of the Czech Republic.
At present she is cataloging her own over twenty years of negatives and is working on a blog and a website.