Mothers | Judi Iranyi: Aunt Margo

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I did not get to meet my aunt and extended family until 1977. My family is from Hungary and my parents emigrated after the war to Venezuela. When I met my aunt I was very impressed with her and her strength. She lived thru the bombing of Budapest during wwII. She lost her husband and saw her father being executed by the Russians in the 50’s. She lived in a 2 room place with and shared kitchen and bath with another family.

She took care of my grandmother, her daughter and 2 grandchildren. She never complained and had a very optimistic attitude towards life.

I was very sad that she had not been in my life when I was a child. She took care of her mother until she died at 96, then continued to be involved in the life of her grandchildren. After my first visit I visited her every year until her death at 84. She lived independently until her death.

–Judi Iranyi


Aunt Margo ©Judi Iranyi



Judi Iranyi was born in Hungary at the close of World War II. Later she emigrated to Venezuela, and also lived in Trinidad, Barbados, Okinawa and Germany before moving to San Francisco in 1971.

Ms. Iranyi became interested in photography in the sixties. She studied photography and art at City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley, and John F. Kennedy University. However, she worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker until her retirement.

Now that she is retired, Ms. Iranyi is dedicating her time to her photography. She has been published and has been in two solo exhibitions and numerous group shows. Her book, “Bay Area Families,” was one of the ten jury selection mentions in the exhibit “Cover to Cover” at San Francisco Camerawork (2013) and she won Second Prize in Portraiture in the Professional Women Photographer’s 38th Anniversary International Women’s Competition (2014).
She self-published a Monograph, “Arg-E-Bam” (photographs of the ancient site of Bam in Iran).


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