An exhibition of over 200 photographs celebrating the diversity of Hungarian photography is currently on view at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.
The Royal Academy of Arts is staging an exhibition dedicated to the birth of modern photography. Featuring the work of Brassaï, Robert Capa, André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy and Martin Munkácsi together with other talented photographers such as Rudolf Balogh and Károly Escher, this exhibition of over 200 photographs from 1914 to 1989 shows how these photographers were at the forefront of stylistic developments, whilst also revealing their achievements in the context of the rich photographic tradition of Hungary.
Brassaï, Capa, Kertész, Moholy-Nagy and Munkácsi are each known for the profound influence and important changes they brought about in photojournalism, documentary, art and fashion photography. Here’s a brief look into each:
André Kertész’s intuitive talent for photography blossomed when he moved to Paris in 1925. Proud of being self-taught, Kertész captured those ephemeral moments of everyday urban life.
A pioneer of photograms and photomontage László Moholy-Nagy became an instructor at the Bauhaus in 1922. Unconventional perspectives and bold tonal contrasts manifested his radical approach.
Martin Munkácsi revolutionised fashion photography by liberating it from the studio and taking photographs of models and celebrities outdoors. He did so after securing a position with Harper’s Bazaar when he moved from Budapest to the US in 1934.
Introduced to photography by André Kertész, Brassaï is best known for his stunning photographs of sights, streets and people bringing vividly to life the nocturnal characters and atmosphere of the city at night. Brassaï defined the image of modern Paris all by himself.
Often referred to as one of the greatest war photographers, Robert Capa documented the Spanish Civil War, the D-Day landings, and other events of World War II. In 1947, he co-founded Magnum Photos with Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger.
The exhibition celebrates the diversity of Hungarian photography by offering on display over 200 photographs by over forty photographers. It aims to reveal how major changes in modern photography have been interpreted through a particularly Hungarian sensibility.
Open until the 2nd October 2011, the exhibition Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century at the Sackler Wing of Galleries within the Royal Accademy of Arts, London is accompanied by a 248-page catalogue which includes essays by Colin Ford and Péter Baki, together with a piece written by Hungarian poet George Szirtes.