This work is composed of two photographs side by side. The colour picture on the left shows framed photos on a wall above a dresser. The black-and-white picture on the right shows a pensive man in an armchair, to the right of the dresser.

Gabor Szilasi

(b. Budapest 1928)

 

Andor Pásztor à son appartement, Montréal 

[Andor Pásztor in His Apartment, Montréal

1978

Gelatin silver print and chromogenic print

49.5 x 69.7 cm

Gift of the artist, 2014

Musée d’art de Joliette, 2014.002

© Gabor Szilasi


Andor Pásztor à son appartement, Montréal [Andor Pásztor in His Apartment, Montréal] illustrates Gabor Szilasi’s intimate approach to photographing scenes of everyday life. The juxtaposition of the staggered shots in diptych form suggests a reflection on the different times of life. The colour photo on the left shows a wall covered with pictures from another era. The black-and-white photo on the right shows an elderly man gazing wistfully toward an unseen source of light. This work is representative of the documentary practice Szilasi has pursued since the 1950s, capturing diverse facets of Quebec society.


Hungarian-born Gabor Szilasi taught himself photography in the streets and interiors of Budapest before immigrating to Canada in 1957. From 1959 to 1971, he worked as a photographer for the Office du film du Québec. A keen curiosity about the culture of his adoptive country is apparent in the meticulous handling of his social documentary work. He has criss-crossed Quebec to photograph people in their own environments: rural communities, the arts scene, private homes and Montréal’s ever-changing urban landscape.

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