Arpad Kurucz (1979, Hungary) encountered an interesting point of discord in Hungary, where military ‘survival’ or army camps have become very trendy. For some, military style is just fashion posturing, for others, it is a part of mental and physical training. But it also helps extreme right organisations to acquire military technology and skills, which is part of the ideology. For three years, the Military Traditional Association in Mogyorod has been organising military camps for children, allowing them to experience how soldiers of the past spent their weekdays. During the course of a one-week training programme, these underaged camp dwellers are given the chance to take part in military exercises, including shooting, although with dummy ammunition. We can only hope camps like these have a cathartic effect, turning the school bullies of today into the descent fathers of tomorrow.
Kurucz is currently a staff photographer for Hungary’s leading political newspaper, Nepszabadsag, and works as a freelancer for Getty and Reuters. The Military Camp series won first prize in the News Picture Story – Newspaper Division of the 67th Pictures of the Year International Competition.