Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Károly Escher 5



This is the best known of Escher's photographs. It's called 'The Bank Director at the Baths', 1938 (source).




It is a splendid photograph, of course. What would a Nazi think of it? 'One more bloated Jew.' Only guessing but I doubt I am far wrong and, so guessing, I consider the date and reflect that he has six years left. And so has my grandfather and all my mother's kith and kin. Less for them. As for my mother herself, within two years she will be working with the man who took this picture. And those below.

Many more photographs by Escher here, here (scroll down for two), here click on images), and here . No doubt more.



7 comments:

david lumsden said...

I see Escher also worked as a cinematographer in the 1920s ... I wonder if any of his films have survived.

George S said...

Same Escher? I wondered about that.

david lumsden said...

I don't know with certainty one way or the other ... I'll see what I can dig up.

david lumsden said...

This article in The Guardian indicates it is probably one and the same Escher ... working for Pesti Naplo and having worked on Revolutionary News Films ... although I'm a bit confused about this being 'in his teens'.

david lumsden said...

On second thoughts that 'in his teens' is right ... he would have been only 18 & turned 19 shortly after the Romanians arrived.

George S said...

Many thanks, David. When I Google him a Hollywood Karoly Escher also comes up.

freshnewday said...

I have a Real Photo Post Card of Escher's. The photo is of a bridge in Budapest and shows horse-drawn carriages crossing the bridge. The bridge is flanked by two huge lion sculptures. There is a bit of silvering on one corner. I would like to sell the card and wanted to ask if you might have some advice for me. Thank you for your thoughts.