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Many of history’s greatest photographers have been Hungarian, but they made their names overseas. A new Royal Academy exhibition brings them together once more

By Mark Hudson   July 2011

“Four Boys at Lake Tanganyika” by Martin Munkácsi (circa 1930)

Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century Royal Academy, 30th June to 2nd October, Tel: 020 7300 8000

When it comes to photography in the 20th century, the Hungarians had it sewn up. Robert Capa, the ultimate action man photojournalist, was killed in the line of work. László Moholy-Nagy was probably the best of the modernist abstract image-makers. Brassaï’s poetic lens still defines our sense of interwar Paris. Martin Munkácsi invented fashion photography as we know it, while André Kertész probably had the edge on Henri Cartier-Bresson as the master…

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