this is a postcard of one of my favourite photographers, sent to Violet in Finland. Apart from the grand sweeping staircase, I love how he has captured the texture of the wall.
Gabor is known for his architectural and street scene photography as well as informal portraiture. Most have been taken in his adopted home of Montreal and his native home of Budapest.
Everything is constantly changing around us: what my camera captures at this moment is already of the past. That is why it is important to me to record the world as I see it today through photography. I am not interested in the past or the future: I am interested in the present. Through the photographic image, I can directly record the signs of the past and the future as they appear in this moment.”
— Gabor Szilasi, 1977
you can see more photos and read up on his biography and influences here
Escalier, Lörinc tér 2, 8e arrondissement, Budapest, sept.-oct. 1995_Musée canadien de la photographie contemporaine, Ottawa_Gabor Szilasi, 2009
so I was pleased to see that he was featured in the first of a new series of stamps celebrating photography,
the image chosen for the stamp is of Andor Pasztor, a friend of his father. this was taken during a period when he created diptychs with a black and white photo of the sitter and a colour photo of the room in which the photo was taken.
I am a little disappointed that this stamp is perhaps the weakest of the series
in that it is more difficult to see the image. all the stamps are the same size - 30mm x 36mm
Gabor Szilasi was born in Budapest and left Hungary in 1957 to eventually settle in Montreal.