Maize Field, near Zahony, Hungary 2009
From the series
Postcards from Europe,
c-print, 81 x 69 cm, ed. 6+1
Work in progress
On 25 Juni 2007 three Hungarian smugglers and twenty-eight Moldovan citizens were detained in a maize field between Zahony and Zsurk. They had crossed the River Tisza in rubber dinghies tied together accompanied by one of the smugglers and passed the Ukrainian-Hungarian frontier between border stones 356 and 357. According to the police each of the detained persons had paid the smugglers between $1,200 and $1,500. Because they had entered Ukraine legally they were immediately deported back there.
Records of Zahony border post, 25 June 2007
You could have seen here a sequence of posts featuring images by Eva Leitolf…but now you can´t anymore,
(We exchange mails once in a while, and she was definitely not opposed to my efforts to comment her work on this site…)
I was asked by BILDKUNST.DE
to delete the images by
(these were the names spelled out)
and every other artist represented by them or to pay a fee for publishing their images.
They represent around 126 000 artists from around the world.
I am working on this blog for my fun,
and for the enjoyment of people interested in photography and art.
There is no income generated whatsoever by this site for me.
Many of the images I use here are floating all over the net,
other images I scanned to upload them to my blog.
To share them, to enrich the world with the work of artists I do admire.
No, my blog is not important.
But it is part of what I would call our common wealth.
I don´t think that I am the source of income losses for the artist,
or anybody else.
Art as part of everyday life,
art easily accessible by everybody without barriers and fees,
art as part of the free flow of thoughts and
But not in the case of artist represented by Bild-Kunst.
Eva Leitolf “Postcards from Europe” don´t happen to look like postcards. They depict everyday places, places that could be everywhere; they even could be close to your home.
Eva Leiolf´s images carry their own quiet beauty, the beauty of the everyday seen by someone who knows that there is a need to value the ordinary, because that what we call the ordinary could and maybe should be very special to us.
There is a rare quality to these images. They bear the mark of a photographer who doesn´t need to pick up the visual habits so fashionable in the world of photography.
To say what she wants to say, Eva Leitolf decided not to photograph that what is so obvious. She is ignoring the drama of sinking boats and drowning people and stays with the everyday hardships that refugees, trying to escape economic hopelessness, have to endure on their road to the shores of the wealthy western world.
They are trying to flee to countries that, thought they really can be called wealthy, mainly are occupied fending off those who are desperately seeking a place for economic survival.
They are trying to flee to countries, whose politicians are using the fears of their populations to win elections. They are trying to escape to countries, whose economies are depending on the resources of the nations the refugees are forced to leave. They are trying to flee their native countries, whose territories and markets are used by us as dumping ground for our garbage and surplus foods.
Photography isn´t being very effective when trying to offer information about structures and interrelations.
If at all, Eva Leitolf is just hinting at the structures mentioned above, demanding from her recipients’ background knowledge, interest and some effort to decipher what she wants to tell us.
Basically Leitolf is moving photojournalism into the world of art, combining text and images as magazines did in former times to tell the tale off those whose life is different than ours.