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J'habite Budapest
le concièrge, 1998, gelatin silver print, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 25 ex.

Bruno Bourel »

J'habite Budapest

Mois de la Photo à Paris

Exhibition: – 16 Dec 2008

PHOTO 4 et Galerie Lucie Weill & Seligmann

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75006 Paris

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J'habite Budapest
quelques gouttes de pluie, 1998, gelatin silver print, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 25 ex.

For its second participation at the Month of Photography Biennale in Paris, PHOTO4 gallery presents 30 gelatin siver prints by Bruno Bourel, all taken in Budapest, his adopted city since 1989.

Daily work leads us to be in contact with infinite combinations that chance helps to arrive or not at culmination. Photographer tries to pull out the present toward a sphere where shines the absence of time landmarks. Infinite combinations of life led me one day to Budapest and again and again. Looking around endlessely who is hinding behind a door, who will cross over the courtyard. Daily landscape of the street, buses, tramways, cafés, sidewalks; rituals of striding along, tearing the soles of the shoes, framing tha comes. All that leads you everywhere or nowhere,light guided I do not know why I take one street where not another but I know that I always go back home, climb my stairs, look out through my window... Of course those who know the place could feel the sweat of history on every picture, for those who don't, let them grow curiosity and fantasy. Bruno Bourel

photographier necesse est To be present, patient, to seize the unseizable. The subject is no longer there, all we see are the sorry relics of a protest : vynil bag, rosettes, bakelite camera. Can you catch a crowd, see through it, through those nineties years ? Hungarian times are all ohmygod years, rages, injustices, rough tweed overcoats. Photograph it one must, even if the apparatus is soviet. Parti Nagy Lajos

Bruno Bourel born in Paris in 1957.

After studies in musicology, he joined the Ecole Supérieure de l'Audiovisuelle, cinema section. He starts photography by using the Polaroid SX 70.

In 1989, he wons the Air France award. After a short collaboration with Rapho Agency in Paris, he did his first visit to Budapest where he settled in 1993.

Since then, Bruno Bourel's work is totally absorbed by his adopted city Budapest.

He published a book about Budapest, with texts written by Parti Nagy Lajos, followed by some exhibitions in Germany and Hungary.

Today Bruno Bourel is finishing a report about the jewish community in Budapest. la crème du matin, 1999, gelatin silver print, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 25 ex.

Public and Private Collections Polaroid Collection, Boston Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris Museum for Fotokunst Odense, Danemark

Publications - Nouvelles Images. M. Valentine Éditions. Aquaruppella / France - Art Unlimited / Amsterdam - G. I. P. / Tokyo

Book - Budapest, impressions et lumières – Bruno Bourel / Parti Nagy Lajos

J'habite Budapest
dans le tram, 2001, gelatin silver print, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 25 ex.
J'habite Budapest
la crème du matin, 1999, gelatin silver print, 30 x 40 cm, Ed. 25 ex.