Buying Child (1987/2020)

A photo by Attila Manek

When Attila Manek realized that his photo achieved success after more than thirty years since it was taken, he was unaware that a digital version of it had been uploaded to Facebook, neither did he know who took it or where. Anyway, many commentators wondered what the people in the photo are like today, so Attila decided to take a very similar photo.

While the original one was taken in Museum Boulevard — Budapest, Hungary — in 1987, where they lived at the time — with intent to represent the difficulty of the “second shift” through a photo of how mothers are burdened: “they bring the child home after work and even have to buy it” — the 2020 version was set in the Budafok market with the same protagonists — Márti and her daughter Eniko —, but a quite different purpose.

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