If you’re a traveler, you probably know the feeling. Over the second glass of wine at the bistro or trattoria, between the appetizer and main course, you turn to your partner and wonder aloud, “Wouldn’t it be fun to live here?” During their many foreign adventures, Boston photographer Michael Malyszko and his partner, Judith Hughes, asked each other that question repeatedly, replying “Yes” too many times to count. Slowly their notion of living overseas became a dream, then a goal, then a plan, and finally a reality. So they rented out their studio, packed up the family (their 9 year old daughter and two lab mixes) and moved to Paris for the year.
It was a year of wonder and wine, museums and movies, and above all, photography. Virtually every day Michael would venture out and explore the neighborhoods, famous and not, of their new home town. Cafes, parks, metro stations, museums, voting booths, boutiques, firemen’s balls, all were subjects for his camera. Working out of an improvised “dry” darkroom set up in their bedroom, he would make work prints and tape them up all over their apartment. They were surrounded with images. The drearier winter and spring months were spent this way, but then as the days grew longer, the weather milder, and their time left in Paris shorter, it was time for Betty and Rita to take center stage…
Michael Malyszko is a Boston-based photographer who normally earns his living photographing two-legged creatures. His photos have appeared in The NY Times, Esquire, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post and Forbes, among others. He has been published in more than 60 countries and has won many international awards, including Communication Arts, PhotoGraphis, American Photo, the Andys, The One Show, the Hatch Awards, and ASMP’s 10,000 Eyes. His work is in the permanent collection of the International Center for Photography, the Print Department of the Boston Public Library, as well as in many private collections.
Along his wife and producer-partner, Judith Hughes, he is the co-author (the photographer half) of Betty and Rita Go to Paris, Chronicle Books, 1997, and the Roman sequel, Betty and Rita la Dolce Vita, Chronicle Books, 2001. Both were translated into German, Japanese and Mandarin. Their most recent book, Tammy Does Boston, came out in 2010. He and Judith currently cater to two rescue dogs, Tess, a 7 year old hound/collie mix, and Tina, a 6 year old border collie mix. Neither of them has ever gone to Paris.