Reporter Robert Capa
Capa Center is showcasing a selection of one of the most well-known, Hungarian-born photographers, Robert Capa’s oeuvre on its two floors. Images on view are selected from the collection of the almost one thousand Capa photographs of the Hungarian National Museum.
Forty-eight period paper positive
In 2008, Dr. Csilla E. Csorba art historian and Károly Kincses photo-historian selected 48 photographs out of the remaining, approximately 3000 photos by Robert Capa from the New York-based International Center of Photography.
While the images were featured in several Hungarian and international exhibits, these paper positives (vintage copies) are now presented to the public as a unit for the first time. The photographs were enlarged and authorized by various agencies (primarily Magnum or Pix) as indicated by the news agency’s stamp on the backside.
The Master Collection
With the photographs acquired in 2008, in addition to New York and Tokyo, Budapest became one of the most important guardians of Capa’s legacy. The so-called Master Collection III provides an overview of the photographer’s life-work through a series of 937 prints enlarged in the nineties. This set was compiled by Cornell Capa (Robert Capa’s younger brother) and Richard Whelan photo-historian between 1990 and 1992 from the nearly 70 thousand negatives. The copies can be identified by the Robert Capa embossed signature stamp below the images on the right. Now 17 of Master Collection’s images – including some iconic ones as well – are on view.
Curator: Gabriella Csizek
We would like to thank the Hungarian National Museum for their contribution to the realization of this exhibit.