János Bődey was born in 1977 in Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. He graduated from the College of Foreign Trade and then from the Faculty of Social Policy of the University of Economics. After graduating he worked from 2000 to 2013 as a corporate middle and top manager. He was a photojournalist for index.hu between 2013 and 2020, and for telex.hu since September 2020.
Since 2017, he has been a lecturer at the photojournalism course of the National Association of Hungarian Journalists.
Between 2013 and 2023, he was awarded 11 prizes at the Hungarian Press Photo Competition in the News, Society, Art single, and Photo Report, Everyday Life, People, Sport, Art series categories.
He won the André Kertész Grand Prize for the best human-centred entry in the Hungarian Press Photo Competition with his series “If our time comes to go, Niki will follow” in 2019, and with his series “For mom to live, that is the one gift they asked for Christmas” in 2021.
He is primarily a documentary photographer with an interest in social issues, tensions and marginal subcultures.