Péter Korniss was born in Kolozsvár (Cluj, Romania) in 1937, he has lived in Budapest since 1949.
He has worked for many international magazines, including National Geographic, GEO Magazine, Fortune, Time and Forbes. He has published twenty one books.
As a documentary photographer he has spent more than forty years recording the disappearing peasant way of life and culture. From the end of the 1970s he followed the life of a commuter labourer with his camera for eight years. From his work over these decades the more important books published include: Heaven’s Bridegroom (1975), Passing Times (1979), The Guest Worker (1988), Inventory - Pictures from Transylvania (1998) and Attachment (2008).
His pictures can be found in the following collections: The Hungarian Photographic Museum (Kecskemét), Musée Nicephore Niépce (France), National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (UK)
He is a member of the Advisory Boards of World Press Photo (Amsterdam) and the W. Eugene Smith Foundation (USA). Since 2007 he is a founding member of Sony World Photographic Academy (UK).
Exhibitions of his photographs have been held in various galleries and museums in sixteen countries.
He was awarded the Balázs Béla Prize in 1975, the Kossuth Prize in 1999, and in 2004 the Pullitzer Memorial Prize.