Gyula Pap studied from 1920 to 1923 at the Bauhaus Weimar with Johannes Itten and László Moholy-Nagy. He then worked in Siebenbürgen (today Romania) as a lithographer, published a magazine and began to experiment with Bauhaus-style photography. Between 1928 and 1933 he taught at Itten-Schule in Berlin. After his return to Budapest he became involved with socialist artist circles and photographed rural life and Hungarian Romani people. As a teacher at Budapest’s art academy, Pap carried on the tradition of Bauhaus education in Hungary after 1949.