An exploration of the surprisingly large number of world-famous and influential photographers originally from Hungary: very many of them were Jewish.
Colin Ford CBE was deputy curator of the National Film & Television Archive (1965-72), the first senior curator of photography at the National Portrait Gallery, London (1972-82) and founding head of the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now the National Science and Media Museum), Bradford. After a decade there, he became the Director of the ten National Museums & Galleries of Wales (1993-98).
Colin became involved with Hungarian photography when he curated the first exhibition in Britain of André Kertész (Serpentine Gallery, 1979) followed by The Hungarian Connection (NMPFT 1987). The most recent of his Hungarian exhibitions was the first photography show ever originated by London’s Royal Academy, the very successful Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century. This lecture is largely drawn from that and its catalogue.
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