Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1906, Paul (Pal) Almasy originally trained to be a diplomat. After completing studies in political science in Vienna and Heidelberg in 1928, he took up photography. In 1934 he emigrated to France, and throughout the 1930s and 1940s he worked as a freelance journalist in Europe and North Africa.
For 20 years starting in 1955, Almasy produced over 100 photo stories for WHO, travelling to each WHO region. His work was often published in the WHO magazine, World Health.
In addition to WHO, Almasy worked for UNESCO and the International Labour Organization. He taught photojournalism in France and Hungary and in 1978 was awarded the Master of Photography Award by the Council of Professional Photographers of Europe. Paul Almasy died in 2003.
"As a photographer my main interest is in people and the "human condition", which I try to portray without any concessions. Whatever happens, I remain firmly committed to reality; I do not sacrifice truth for the sake of technical quality… A photojournalist is something of an historian, and an historian must never lie."
-- Paul Almasy. In: Colin Naylor, ed. Contemporary Photographers, Chicago and London, St. James, 1998.