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The 1956 Hungarian Revolution in photos

18–21 October 2016
Official opening: 18 October, 6.30pm
12 Star Gallery, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

EXHIBITION

Freedom First – The 1956 Hungarian Revolution in Pictures
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN SADOVY (1928-2010)

Curator: Colin Ford

To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, the Hungarian Cultural Centre presents a unique exhibition of John Sadovy's photos, many of them previously unpublished, in collaboration with the photographer's daughters Yvonne and Jane Sadovy.

60 years ago Hungarians from all walks of life – students, intellectuals, workers, farmers, the cross-section of the entire nation – rose up against insurmountable odds to fight the brutal Soviet-installed Communist government. They were the heroes of 1956 who were prepared to fight and die for freedom, a multi-party democracy and independence from the Soviet Union.

Sadovy was the first of only a few photojournalists to infiltrate Hungary during the  revolution. He slipped past border guards at night in an old Volkswagen. His astonishing, violent and graphic photographs of the uprising were the first to show the world what was happening. The resulting photographs were published internationally, earning him the second ever Robert Capa Gold Medal.

John Sadovy photo 2
Street scene viewed through a hole in the wall of a building in Budapest, one of many shattered  by  Soviet tanks

John Sadovy photo 2

Tim Foote, a journalist and writer who infiltrated Hungary with John Sadovy, said: "He was a rare spirit. A privilege to know. Though he was low-key, I think he knew that and was proud of it."

12 Star Gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

Free entry. 










Sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board.
1956 logoFreedom fighters with looted Soviet arms

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