Author: Gabor Gasztonyi
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A Room in the City is a self-revelatory journey into a world of darkness and light, a place of blatant lies and transcendent truths, and represents the culmination of Gabor Gasztonyi's five-year project of photographing the residents of the Cobalt, Balmoral, Regent, and Sunrise Hotels in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Gasztonyi's lens reveals a Vancouver with deep roots in an otherwise forgotten past, a neighbourhood populated with people seeking shelter, safety, and love in extreme social conditions. The people in these photographs are presented in private moments, with respect and dignity-in their rooms and on the streets-as they wished to be seen. The Vancouver illuminated on these pages is a sister city of other global late-Commonwealth cities, where burgeoning pressures have led to new forms of social organization. A Room in the City is a portrait of the people who endure these pressures daily and give a human face to the ongoing struggle to survive. Gasztonyi's style continues in the great documentary tradition of Anders Petersen and Josef Koudelka, the photographer of the Roma.