Károly Effenberger is a Dutch-Hungarian photographer living in Belgium. He fell for documentary photography in his late twenties and applied for an internship at Amsterdam-based daily newspaper Het Parool. He also worked for Dutch newspapers de Volkskrant and NRC Handelsblad. He has won four Silver Camera press photo awards in The Netherlands, among others for his black and white portrait of the poet Simon Vinkenoog. In 2015, he was awarded the Belgian Nikon Press Prize for the portrait of fellow photographer Anton Corbijn, made for newspaper De Morgen.
Alone (2016) is a long-term project about loneliness in Western Europe. Prosperity and technological progress have made it easier to live independent of others. The result: more individual freedom and more autonomy. But it has also lead to problems for those who are truly left alone. How does an elderly or sick person, a single, or anyone at all manage to stay in touch with a society that increasingly asks people to be self-sufficient?