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Event: Lens & Press: Photographs in Print / London: 18 November

Experts discuss the massive contribution to British photography by two Hungarians in the 1930s and after: Stefan Lorant and Andor Kraszna-Krausz. British photography in print owes a huge debt to two Hungarian immigrants. The founding editor of the influential photojournalist magazine Picture Post (1938-57) was Stefan (István) Lorant. The founding owner of Focal Press, the world's largest publisher of film and photography books (1938-today), was Andor Kraszna-Krausz.

The panel discussing these influential pioneers will include Jane Dorner, author of the definitive chapter about Kraszna-Krausz in Immigrant Publishers: The Impact of Expatriate Publishers in Britain and America in the 20th Century (Routledge, 2009); Amanda Hopkinson, daughter of Sir Tom Hopkinson – Lorant's deputy and later editor of Picture Post; Sir Brian Pomeroy, Chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation; Colin Ford, ex-chair of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and curator of the Royal Academy's 2011 exhibition of Hungarian photography in the 20th century, ‘Eyewitness' (in the chair).

Other experts in the audience will include Monica Bohm-Duchen, director of the year-long Insiders/Outsiders Festival celebrating the contribution to British culture of refugees from Nazi Europe, and Andrea Livingstone, one-time administrator of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and current board member.

Lens & Press: Photographs in Print 
18 November at 7pm, 
Hungarian Cultural Centre. 10 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
The event is free, but registration on Eventbrite is essential.

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