Every Sunday morning in Pécs, Hungary, a good-sized city about 40 km north of the Croatian border, thousands of people gather at a crowded, op… Read More
Every Sunday morning in Pécs, Hungary, a good-sized city about 40 km north of the Croatian border, thousands of people gather at a crowded, open-air market to buy anything from chainsaws and antique coins, to pickled peppers and sexy underwear (lots of sexy underwear). But what really sets this market apart is the Kisállat Vásár (Small Animal Market) – a single, tree-lined lane deep in the back where people sell puppies out of the trunks of their cars. As a dog lover, I went expecting to find something illicit and sad - live animals seldom fare well in the fugitive hodgepodge of a flea market. But what I found was a fascinating manifestation of the Hungarian character – proud and pragmatic, wary, yet somehow whimsical.
With a few exceptions, the animals appeared healthy and their owners were well-intentionedand, over time, open to being photographed with their dogs.
The photographs inthis gallery were taken in the fall of 2010. Read Less