2009. február 8., vasárnap

Old Photos of Budapest

The Houses of Parliament (Országház), Budapest

Here are some old slides I've found at home from the 1970s, captured in the 1960s, published by Képzőművészeti Alap (Hungarian Fine Arts Fund). The film stock is East-German ORWO slide (duplicating?) film - popular in the central and eastern part of Europe.

The credit of the photographs is unknown to me at this time, but maybe most of the photographers were members of MTI (Magyar Távirati Iroda, Hungarian News Agency) staff.

These slides are mostly very faded. They were cleaned before scanning, but they are so severely scratched and dirty, it was hopeless to remove all the mud from the surface. You cannot see this so clearly when projected.

I'm planning to re-photograph these scenes to see what has changed during these 40+ years - an exciting plan for me!

Let this selection stand for the memory of the great photographers of Hungary.

Heroes' Square (Hősök tere) at night

Budavár Castle (left) and the Chain Bridge (Lánchíd) on the right,
as seen from the Mount Gellért (Gellért-hegy)

Budavár Castle and the remains of the Tabán district underneath

Scene in the Vár district

Night scene showing Elizabeth Bridge (Erzsébet-híd),
from the Buda side of Budapest

Night scene from the other side of the above bridge,
still from the Buda side


Night scene again...

Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest

Museum of Agriculture (Mezőgazdasági Múzeum)

The building of MTA (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia, Hungarian Academy of Sciences) as seen across the Lánchíd.

Scene from the Fishermen's Bastion (Halászbástya)

Night scene showing the Fishermen's Bastion
and the Church building of The Great Blessed Virgin (Nagyboldogasszony templom)
(popularly named Matthias Church)

To be continued...

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