"Between 2014 and 2016, Yves MARCHAND & Romain MEFFRE visited 400 of the more than 4,000 internal courtyards in Budapest. Their large number and variety of styles incorporating different facets of classicism and modernity make them a remarkable architectural phenomenon―a charming second city within the city.
Yves MARCHAND & Romain MEFFRE systematically documented these courtyards, producing a typological series that describes this particular form of collective housing and reflects the city’s tumultuous history, its changing political regimes and economy. The photo volume 'Budapest Courtyards' allows us to delight in the crumbling grandeur of the courtyards, and observe the developments and personal strategies of adaptation which they evidence." (publisher's note, © Steidl Verlag, 2021)