Distinguished photographer dies aged 85

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AN AWARD-WINNING photographer once of Scarborough, who became well known for his photographs of the Hungarian revolution, has died aged 85.

Czechoslovakia-born John Sadovy left his village at the age of 14 and joined the Polish Eighth Army in Italy under British command.

After being demobbed in 1948 he elected not to return to his home country and instead learned English at an army camp in Helmsley before finding work at a photographic studio in Scarborough in the late 1940s, where he was taken in by local family Bill and Tizzie Boddy, who became lifelong friends.

He then moved to London in 1949, working around Europe during the 1950s, but it was his work during the Hungarian revolution of 1956 for which he was best known and which won him the Robert Capa Award for “superlative photography requiring exceptional courage and enterprise abroad”.

According to the Daily Telegraph: “Sadovy was the first of only a few photojournalists to infiltrate Hungary during its tumultuous revolution, recording the atrocities being committed.

“His astonishing, violent and graphic photographs of the uprising were the first to show the world what was happening at a time when photojournalism was still the window on to global events.”