Sunday afternoon

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Wanted to see "Confession of Shopaholic",
but as was buying the tickets
found out that it was dupped in Hungarian
although on Palace Cinemas webpage
it was said to be in English with Hungarian subtitles.
The girl just told that there was a mistake on the webpage...
Instead went to see Hannes Heikura's foto exhibiton
at Mai Mano Haz
"Silent Images"

Photos from Finland
(down at the right corner: Aki Kaurismaki)
Photos from Iraq & Afganistan
Agnes Eperjesi
"There Will Always Be More Fresh Laundry"
The entrance to Mai Mano Haz
Hungarian House of Photography
Mai Mano House
Nagymezo utca 20
1065 Budapest
Admission 700,-ft
Mai Mano, Imperial and Royal Photographer (1855-1917)
had his 8-story studio house and home built in 14 months in 1893-94.
A professional photographer and specialist,
in his time he was one of the best specialists of child portraits.
His status in the professional community of that time is uncontested.
He was also the founder and editor of the periodical called A Feny
(The Light, launched in 1906).
The building's richly decorated neo-renaissance facade
clearly served ideological purposes:
Mai Mano wanted to lend a past to the young trade,
hardly considered to be a form of art by anyone at that time:
the majolica putti between the ground floor and the mezzanine
or the facade paintings on the 3rd floor showing
the "six muses of photographer".
Actual photographing took place in the Sunlight studio on the 2nd floor,
which was restored in 1996-97.
During the restoration,
the original frescos hiding bethind the white wallpaper for decades were found.
These used to served as background for Mai's portraits.
His studio worked in the house for 4 decades, until 1944.
After the Second World War,
a number of institutions and companies moved into the house
and a few private apartments were separated as well.
In spite of all the vicissitudes,
the house kept its original character.
It was declared a piece of national heritage in 1996
considering its special architecture, ornaments and industry-historical significance.
While the idea to turn the house into a centre of photography
resurfaced countless times throughout the decades,
the plan's realization waited for the perseverance
and hard work of 3 zealous persons:
Magdolna Kolta, Karoly Kincses and Andras Bankuti.
Hungarian House of Photography,
or as its friends call it, Mai Mano House
open since November 1998.
The reconstruction of the building has been
sponsored by the Hungarian State.
Actually before going to the exhibition did some shopping at Westend City:

Manhattan bikinis by Triumph
Small & light camera stand
from Media Markt

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