“I think we should record whatever we see, whether we like it or not,” wrote Erich Lessing, one of Magnum’s earliest members. Revered for his ability to capture fleeting moments of history, his documentation of the Hungarian Revolution is unparalleled in both its scope and power. The first photographer to arrive in Budapest where the revolt began, Lessing stayed to photograph its duration and aftermath. The photo-essay was a defining moment in his photographic career. However the extent of the suffering he witnessed also caused Lessing to question the purpose of war photography, and he went on to steer clear from documenting conflict for the rest of his life. Continue reading.