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János Stekovics, born in Sárvár (Ungarn) in 1959; 1979–1983 studied business management and obtained a diploma at the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg; 1984 worked as an insulation specialist, newspaper editor; in 1985, he became a photojournalist for the Hungarian news agency MTI in Szeged; he left Hungary in 1989; worked as dishwasher and photographer in Munich; since 1990 freelance photographer in Germany; 1992 founded the publishing house Janos Stekovics (today based in Dößel near Halle (Saale)), specializing in high quality illustrated books on topics related to art, culture and architecture history as well as city portraits, art and travel guides and with this specialization one of the most notable publishing houses of Central Germany; he has produced more than 500 publications.