Martin Munkácsi, “Nude in Straw Hat” (detail), 1944.
Silver gelatin print, 1994, from original negative, 35.5 x 27.5 cm.
Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemét.
© Estate of Martin Munkácsi, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York.

The Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition dedicated to the birth of modern photography, featuring the work of Brassaï, Robert Capa, André Kertész, László Moholy-Nagy and Martin Munkácsi. Each left their homeland Hungary to make their names in Europe and the USA, profoundly influencing the course of modern photography. Many other talented photographers who remained in Hungary, such as Rudolf Balogh and Károly Escher, are also represented in the exhibition. Over 200 photographs from 1914 to 1989 show how these world-renowned photographers were at the forefront of stylistic developments, revealing their achievements in the context of the rich photographic tradition of Hungary.

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