French photographer Bruno Bourel, who has been living and working in Budapest since 1993 and has made a name for his black-and-white photo-postcards taken in the city, has an exhibition at Central European University until 28 February.
Bourel was born in Paris in 1957 and after studying music and filmmaking, he started taking pictures with a Polaroid SX 70 in the late 1970s. The exhibition is called Buffet à Glace, and he explains it this way: “When I took my first photos in Budapest, ‘Buffet à Glace’ (Jégbüfé) got my attention. I did not know why. Later I understood this is a strategic spot: exit of Pest to Buda or reception of Pest from Buda side. It is beginning and end of shopping streets, close to universities, having bus stops where thousands of people meet.
“I understood what is fascinating me: the counter of Jégbüfé is like a theater where every emotion appears: joy, sorrow, melancholy, love, meditation… kids, adults, young, old, rich and poor people, the whole society visits Jégbüfé, everybody in Budapest has memories, stories connected to the place.
“The translation of Jégbüfé in French plays on words, as ‘glace’ means mirror and ice-cream at the same time. ‘Buffet à Glace’ is a mirror buffet, exhibiting photos taken through glass.”
Admission is free to the Exhibition Hall at Nador utca 9, District V.