Hungarian Photographers in Frame in United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition


LONDON (REUTERS).- Robert Capa once said “It’s not enough to have talent, you also have to be Hungarian,” and a new London exhibition on five leading figures of the medium shows that he was only partly joking. “Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century” at the Royal Academy focuses on Capa, Brassai, Andre Kertesz, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Martin Munkacsi, who were all born in Hungary. All, apart from Capa, were born in the 1890s, all were Jewish though not strictly religious and all changed their birth names — indicative of the anti-Semitism they experienced at varying stages of their lives. Yet they were not part of a “Hungarian school” despite these connections, and the exhibition, which runs from June 30-October 20, throws up as many contrasts and comparisons as it does similarities