Rare Uncensored Photos of the 80s Counterculture in Socialist Hungary

Photojournalist Tamás Urbán was in his mid 30s when he started documenting the punk scene in Budapest, but he was no newcomer to the underground. A staffer at Ifjúsági Magazin (Youth Magazine) since 1969, Urbán was among the few press photographers at the time who weren’t restricted from covering the life of some of socialist Hungary’s more rebellious youth, from rockers through punks and glue sniffers to new-wave subversives. They were a clear critique of the socialist system, and thus so was Urbán’s work, to a certain extent at least. That’s not to say that all these photos were published at the time – most of them weren’t seen until the 1990s.

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