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Aug 31, 2017

Hungarian government helps fund a permanent exhibition of world renowned war photographer Robert Capa

The exhibition will open at the Capa Centre in Budapest following a 500 million HUF (1.64 million EUR) government grant to refurbish the property and to construct an extension

The Hungarian government has helped fund a permanent exhibition of world renowned war photographer Robert Capa.

The exhibition will open at the Capa Centre in Budapest following a 500 million HUF (1.64 million EUR) government grant to refurbish the property and to construct an extension.

Péter Hoppál, state secretary for Culture, said the center will house 937 of Capa's photographs, classed as his "master collection". There will be a further 48 vintage copies displayed.

The minister said the exhibition is scheduled to open October 22, the 105th anniversary of Capa’s birth. Construction of the extension to the center is expected to take place in early 2018. The new center will provide around 200-300 square meters of exhibition space for Hungarian photographers to display their work.

Robert Capa was born in Budapest on October 22, 1913 and is considered the world’s greatest war photographer. He covered five wars but sadly died after stepping on a landmine in Thai Bin while on an assignment.

The Hungarian state purchased the Capa master collection in 2008 for about 300 million HUF from the New York International Centre of Photography (ICP).

Orsolya Kőrösi, managing director of the Capa Centre told MTI that the Master Set III. collection consists of 937 enlarged images developed in the 1990’s that best represent Capa’s oeuvre.