Gabor Gasztonyi operates a portrait studio and art gallery in New Westminster and is the author of A Room in the City, Anvil Press 2010. The book received numerous awards and is a photographic journey into Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside’s Hotel rooms. Gabor is also a filmmaker, having produced and directed the documentary film, No Way Out, a passionate story of couples suffering from addiction. The film received the award for Best Cinematography at the Harlem International Film Festival. He is passionate about photographing people in daily life.
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A man in his room at the Gastown Hotel. This was his first day and the room is empty. He had no belongings and that gave the image a strong sense of simplicity, allowing it to concentrate on the subject. It is a brooding and lonely image.
This is a photo of Harry Ashley in his room on Hastings Street. He is preparing materials for drug injection. He was an addict since childhood and a part of our documentary film.
A photograph of Victoria an addict at the Cobalt Hotel in Vancouver. There were three of in this tiny room and I was sitting on the edge of a windowsill. The light was poor although I was able to get a clear image of someone in distress.