Arizona Sunshine

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by Czeslaw Milosz

Forget the suffering
You caused others.
Forget the suffering
Others caused you.
The waters run and run,
Springs sparkle and are done,
You walk the earth you are forgetting.

Sometimes you hear a distant refrain.
What does it mean, you ask, who is singing?
A childlike sun grows…

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House of the Hungarian Photography

Mai Manó (1855- 1917) had his eight-story studio-house and home built in fourteen months in 1893-94. A professional photographer and specialist, in his time he was one of the best specialists of child portraits. He was also the founder and editor of the periodical called A Fény (The Light, launched in 1906) .

The building’s richly decorated neo-renaissance façade clearly served ideological purposes: Mai Manó wanted to lend a past to the young trade, hardly considered to be a form of art by anyone at that time. Take the majolica putti between the ground floor and the mezzanine or the façade paintings on the third floor showing the “six muses of photography”.

Actual photographing took place in the Sunlight-studio on the second floor, restored in 1996-97. During the restoration original frescoes hiding bethind the white wallpaper for decades were found. These used to serve as background for Mai’s portraits. His studio worked in the house for four decades, until 1931. It was followed by a luxury-bar, Arizona, which was closed in 1944.

Hungarian House of Photography, or as its friends call it, Mai Manó House open since November, 1998.

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French artist Patrick Commecy and his team of muralists transform dull and boring facades around France into vibrant scenes full of life. His hyperrealistic painted-on windows, balconies and tiles closely resemble their real-life counterparts. Hanging in the balconies and outdoor space, Commecy would often incorporate figures of famous and influential persons from the history of the town the mural is in.