Ata Kandó and Violette Cornelius - Hungarian Refugees 1956


Ata Kandó and Violette Cornelius - Hungarian Refugees 1956


Title: Hungarian Refugees 1956

Photographer: Ata Kandó / Violette Cornelius

Text: H.J.A. Hofland

Design: Jurriaan Schrofer

Publisher: Veenman Publishers 

ISBN: 9789086900459

Year: 2006 (reprint) (1st print 1956; De Bezige Bij, Amsterdam)

Binding: Softcover

Pages: 80

Size: 21 x 25 cm.

Language: Dutch / English / Hungarian

Notes: Out of print. Reprint, for the 50th anniversary of the Hungarian revolution.

The text by H.J.A. Hofland in Dutch, English, and Hungarian is inserted separately. 

The Russian invasion of Hungary in the fall of 1956 came as a big shock to the people in the Netherlands and led to an enormous solidarity with the Hungarian people. The photographer Ata Kandó, who originated from Hungary, took the initiative to produce a photo book as a means of collecting funds for Hungarian refugee children.

Together with the Dutch photographer Violette Cornelius (1919-1998) she made a reportage about Hungarian refugees on the Austrian- Hungarian border. Under the auspices of the National Committee for Aid to the Hungarian People, the photographs appeared in a small book called Hongaarse Vluchtelingen (Hungarian Refugees) published by De Bezige Bij and designed by Jurriaan Schrofer. The book belongs to the most important photo books in the Netherlands since 1945. For this reason and after 50 years the Nederlands fotomuseum and Veenman Publishers initiated the reissue of this very special book - Nederlands Fotomuseum.

About the artist:

Hungarian-born Ata Kandó (1913-2017) studied photography in her native country, but it was in Paris in the 1940s and 50s where she truly honed her craft. She worked in the Magnum lab and it was here that she met the man who would later become her husband, Dutch photographer Ed van der Elsken. Kandó moved to Amsterdam with him in the mid-1950s, but the marriage quickly ended. In 1957, she published the first edition of her iconic photobook Dream in the Woods, starring her children as the main characters in one of the first photo novels, and marking her breakthrough as an artist. Kandó went on to become one of the most prolific female Dutch photographers of the 20th century.

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