Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Refugees from Hungary try to learn American Jazz, hoping to play eventually in a local cafe in Tel Aviv. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

Photographer Robert Capa‘s series documenting daily life during the formative years of the newly established Jewish State of Israel, will go on display at the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center in Hungary.

The large-scale exhibition will detail a nation in a state of flux. When Capa first arrived in Israel in 1948, the photographer found a country caught between opposing forces of economic growth and territorial war. A large immigrant population had recently arrived in the country with a renewed sense of optimism in the wake of World War II, although fresh battles surrounding Israeli Sovereignty would soon sprout in their footsteps.


Robert Capa © International Center of Photography New immigrants disembarking from the Theodor Herzl, Haifa, Israel. 1949-1950. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

Veteran war photojournalist Robert Capa documented several wars during his lifetime. Up until his death in 1954, when he was killed covering the First Indochina War, the photographer expressed a unique sensitivity to capturing the destructive effects of war upon a civilian population. Collectively, the images in this exhibition show the perspective of one of the greatest war photographers, during a critical period in Israel’s history.

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography Jerusalem. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos

The exhibition is part of the CAFe Budapest Contemporary Art Festival. It is realized in partnership with the Hungarian House of Photography – Mai Manó House.

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