It was the year 1964, and the place was Hungary. Under the Socialist Kádár regime, progress was still being made. The country’s first self-service grocery store was opened, for instance. Bus travel between Czechoslovakia and Hungary was re-established, and Hungary sent a strong team to the Olympics in Tokyo. Also notable was that American photographer Elliott Erwitt arrived in the country to document life behind the Iron Curtain. Still in his 30s, Erwitt’s photos have been compared to those of street photography master Henri Cartier-Bresson in their capturing of the "decisive moment". It’s possible that his interest in Hungary came from his association with Hungarian photographer Robert Capa, with whom Erwitt worked at Magnum Photo. In his diverse subjects, Erwitt left behind documentation of a Hungary that feels very much in the past, yet somehow still with us.
Elliott Erwitt’s Hungarian photo series was recently on display at Budapest’s photography museum Mai Manó Ház, but you can see a selection of his work below, which is made available through the photo archive Fortepan.
Source: Mai Manó Ház; Fortepan
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