Title: Revolution in Hungary
Photographer(s): Erich Lessing
Writer(s): George Konrad, Francois Kejto, Nicholas Bauqueta
Designer(s): Eva Vincze
Publisher(s): Thames & Hudson, London, England
Size: 31 x 31 cm
Edition: Biro Editeur, Paris, France, 2006
Print: Grasl Druck & Neue Medien, Bad Vöslau, Austria
Nation(s) and year(s) of Protest: Hungary,1956
On October 23, 1956, what began as a mass rally in Budapest quickly evolved into the Hungarian Revolution. Within days, millions of Hungarians were supporting the revolt. It lasted until November 4th when it was crushed by Hungarian Security Police and Soviet tanks and artillery. Between 25,000 and 50,000 Hungarian rebels and 7,000 Soviets were killed, thousands were injured, and nearly a quarter of a million people left the country as refugees.
Erich Lessing was the first photographer to arrive in Hungary, and he documented the short-lived uprising and its aftermath in a series of world-famous photographs, reproduced here in stunning duotone. They bring to life once more the hope and euphoria of the first days of the revolt, so soon to be followed by the pain and punishment of its brutal suppression. 230 duotone illustrations.