Unusual way, because we get farther from the usual stricter topic selection, thus this is not about a family history, nor about colours, and the actual season does not dominate either. Instead, we take out the contents that we became fond of, we talk about and we know. We share them with you – showing something from ourselves, about ourselves and our weekdays.
During creating the exhibitions, we see through and select a huge amount of pictures. The old photos about persons and situations that might as well show people and activities of our time are especially exciting, because they indicate: there are things that remain unchanged, no matter what year we are in. One of these moments depicts four ladies at the end of the 1880s, in the garden of the Queen Elisabeth Hotel in Léva. They are not ordinary women; they are demoiselles with large jugs of beer and far-off looks. The burlesque-like scene is made interesting by the grim figure, who is scowling into the camera lens despite having drunk half of the jug of joy.
- Eszter Takács
I admit that I am fascinated if people can walk in cobbled streets without stumbling and watching the ground. And how if they are waiters with trays? It is nostalgic and makes you smile, the way these waiters in ironed shirts glide – a bit wobbling but still resolutely – with a tray in one hand and a serviette in the other in front of enthusiastic viewers. We are grateful for the photos to Sándor Bauer, whose heritage is the archive of the Hungarian catering; he immortalised a lot of cafés, restaurants and confectioneries of Budapest, and events like this rush in Vác.
- Éva Tompa
The image ‘Monkey Against Fascism’ was uploaded in the database by MODEM of Debrecen in February 2014. It had been in the individual exhibition of Blue Noses in 2008. Vyacheslav Mizin and Alexander Shaburov are the founding members of the Blue Noses Group. Their art is characterised by black humour and a large dose of provocation. My favourite monkey is one of their moderate works.
- Henriett Hegedűs
The Gulf of Naples, especially its southern part: the surrounding of Sorrento and Capri is the most beautiful place I have ever been. You can look down to the azure and turquoise sea from the high cliffs of the shore just like a bird. Mount Vesuvius rules the scenery, showing a different face every day, and its gigantic volcanic cone can be seen even from a distance of 30-40 kilometres. Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae – situated at its feet – bear evidence of the dangers of this active volcano. Despite that, more than 3 million people live near by.
- Zita Aknai
‘Indóház’ or Railway Terminal was a favourite topic of the postcard publishers of Pécs. Unfortunately, the postcard was stuck on cardboard in the 1960s, thus we cannot tell the date of dispatch from the post stamp. The tramway transport started in Pécs in 1913, but it was typical in this period that they drew the trams on earlier postcards later – originally black and white photos coloured afterwards - thus this one might be earlier than the opening of the line between the Zsolnay Porcelain Manufacture and the Railway Terminal. We presume that the photo was changed posteriorly, because the overhead wire and the embranchment cannot be seen in the photo.
- Etele Szüts
I found these albums, moreover a minor collection created by Zsigmond Fejes in the summer of 1914, completely accidentally while searching for dates. The study tour organised and led by Dr. Béla Lakos to Asia Minor fascinated me at once; it could be an extremely exciting adventure of a lifetime. As it was a study tour, you can find photos of aubergine plantations, irrigation canals and grazing cows, but not typically. Fortunately, most of the photos look like a travel diary is expected to be: architecture – ancient and modern (back then) – urban and rural genre photos, marketplaces, streets, ports, natural formations, local culture and people. According to their map, they made a big journey, sometimes by ship, by train, at other times on foot, on donkey or horseback – as the photos witness. There were places with exotic comfort, but sometimes they relaxed under the open air or at a friendly stranger’s home – as the tableau photo shows above – with his family.
- Ferenc Kondákor
Finally, we have prepared an extra gallery to our readers, and selected pictures that completed the above-introduced ones or our favourite contents that we have not discussed but would like to show you here anyway. We hope you have enjoyed our festive edition. We are going to do our best to introduce even more interesting things as colourfully as possible in our next 100 exhibition.
Translated by Zita Aknai