Hungarian House of Photography

MAGNUM’s First
Expoziție de fotografie
27 mai – 24 August, 2014
Hungarian House of Photography
Budapesta, Nagymezõ utca 20
Luni-Duminică 11.00-19.00



În cea mai recentă călătorie la Budapesta am descoperit, din întâmplare!, o clădire fabuloasă – casa și atelierul fotografului curții regale, Mai Manó (1855-1917). Aflată pe Nagymezõ utca 20, ea găzduiește acum Hungarian House of Photography, o instituție creată în 1998 de Hungarian Foundation of Photography și MÚOSZ – Society of Hungarian Press Photographers.
În interior ne aștepta o surpriză uriașă despre care, la fel, nu știam nimic: expoziția de fotografie MAGNUM’s First (27 mai – 24 August, 2014). Povestea ei e incredibilă. Cei care aveți drum prin Budapesta e musai să o vedeți, mai ales că programul de vizită este de luni până duminică, între 11.00-19.00, așadar, cum nu se poate mai bine!



The story of the legendary crates

The original (vintage) prints came in six cases – they were shown at exhibitions in five Austrian cities, Innsbruck, Vienna, Bregenz, Graz and Linz between June 1955 and February 1956. The photographs were accompanied by two empty suitcases which stored them for more than 50 years in a cellar of the French Institute in Innsbruck.



The exhibition entitled THE FACE OF TIME showcases the photo reports made in different continents and regions by eight members of Magnum Photos – the first independent photo agency founded in 1947 after the proposal of Robert Capa with a joint intention by Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour. The black-and-white photographs of Werner Bischof, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Ernst Haas, Erich Lessing, Jean Marquis, Inge Morath and Marc Riboud, mounted on fibreboard of different colours, take the observers from India through Egypt, Hungary, and Dalmatia to England, France and the Andes. There are coherent series and also individual pictures among them.

Magnum’s First is a very important exhibition as it allows us to gain insight into another activity of the agency, i.e. exhibiting works that are usually published by the press. This exhibition was the first stage in the process which proves that the individual activities, the unique way of seeing things and the exceptional talent of Magnum photographers also functions in a joint photographic vision about man and the world.

The first decade in the history of the photographic cooperative was marked by several tragedies. Two founding members were already dead at the time of the Austrian show: in 1954, Robert Capa stepped on a landmine in Indochina, while nine days earlier Werner Bischof lost his life in a car accident in the Andes. Therefore, the exhibition intended to prove that Magnum existed, aiming to confirm that it was able to carry on the legacy of its founding members and that the activities of the agency were of primary importance. Knowing the personality of the founders and due to their exceptional talent, one could already guess at that time how true this would be later on.

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