Copyright 2014 Arion Gabor Kudasz
Photographer: Arion Gabor Kudasz (born, Hungary and resides in Berlin, Germany)
Publisher: Magyar Fotografusok Haza Nonprofit Kft (Hungary)
Essays: Arion Gabor Kudasz, Gabriella Uhl, Emese Kudaz
Text: Hungarian, English
Stiffcover book, sewn naked binding, four-color lithography, printed in Budapest, with poster
Photobook designer: Nora Demeczky
Notes: A complex and layered personal photographic project that investigates the memory of his mother, which in turn becomes an investigation on the act and process of attempting to capture a memory. One layer is the process of documenting what remains; the objects, places and traces of a person who has passed. Another layer is attempting to understand if these subtle traces can hold and/or trigger memories? Still another layer; if and for whom will these memories occur?
The photographs are printed on an in-expensive paper stock with a low contrast printing process and are in a documentary style, abet, resembling a catalog or inventory of objects. There are no captions with the pages although a listing of some notes are located at the conclusion of the book. The significance of each of the objects photographed remains a mystery, thus allowing the viewer to construct a personal narrative from the evidence provided.
For me, this is a book that is heavily infused with melancholy. When you are old enough, you live beyond your grandparent’s lifetime and then one day even your own parents. I am emotional touched by this photobook, a wonderful combination of photographs and words/text that is a talisman for my own family’s memories. This photobook is also a gentle reminder to not take your friends and family for granted, as time is relentless and at sometime all too soon you have only memories.