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Exhibition Of World-Famous Hungarian Photographer’s Colour Pictures Opens

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.06.09.

An exhibition presenting more than 100 colour images by renowned Hungarian war photographer and photo journalist Robert Capa has opened on Monday in Budapest and also includes photos taken in Normandy in 1944 by John G. Morris.

It is less known that Capa started to use colour film soon after it was developed in 1936. But since he faced difficulty in selling colour images during World War Two, he used colour film again only after 1946, Curator Cynthia Young said, opening the exhibition in the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre. Several images show WWII sites in Britain, Tunisia and Italy, and a couple of last images Capa took of the French Indochina War. The exhibition also presents portraits of famous personalities such as Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, Ingmar Bergman and Roberto Rossellini.


Looking at Capa’s heritage, we can see the father of photographic storytelling, the State Secretary for culture said at the exhibition’s opening. Péter Hoppál emphasised that the interval encompassed by the exhibition – 1938 to 1954 – was an especially difficult period for Europe and it requires genuine art to tell its story through individual pictures. He recalled that the establishment of the Robert Capa Centre in 2013 was “a debt long due”.

Robert Capa was one of the many magnificent people who found a new home in the United States after leaving Hungary, US ambassador Colleen Bell said at the opening event. She also explained that the exhibition pays tribute not only to the legendary Hungarian-American photographer but also John G. Morris, the editor of Capa’s pictures who photographed France behind the front personally. The US ambassador also revealed that the exhibition was organised in cooperation with the International Center of Photography, founded by Robert Capa’s brother Cornell in New York. “Cultural relations between the two countries have survived political storms and remain strong”, she pointed out.

The exhibition is open to visitors until 20 September.

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