Monday, May 21, 2012

Fabulous Photographer Martin Munkácsi

Peignoir in a Soft Breeze 1936

 Martin Munkácsi was the master of movement, along with Lartigue he is my favourite photographer, his pictures are full of life and personality, you can hear the surf, feel the breeze and sense the atmosphere, in short, he had the gift of capturing the moment.  It is no wonder that his work influenced Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard Avedon. He was a photographic genius.

Harpers Bazaar Halston 1962

The Bedouin Egypt 1929

Richard Avedon Homage to Munkácsi 1957

Boys Running into the Surf at Lake Tanganynika 1930. This was the photograph that so influenced Henri Cartier-Bresson

 "The only thing which completely was an amazement to me and brought me to photography was the work of Munkacsi. When I saw the photograph of Munkacsi of the black kids running in a wave I couldn't believe such a thing could be caught with the camera. I said damn it, I took my camera and went out into the street."
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Jumping Fox Terrier 1930

Parasols 1928

Fred Astaire on his Toes 1936

Lovely Autumn the Last Warm Days of Sunshine 1929

 Carol Lombard 1937

Europe 1928

Katherine Hepburn 1935

Woman Sunbathing 1935


Dancers in Seville 1930

Harpers Bazaar 1934


On Holiday with Greta Garbo 1932

Eva Szaplone in a Rumbleseat 1932

Cypress Gardens South Carolina 1937

I find it heartbreaking that this great artist died in poverty... His full story can be found here.

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  1. Hello Dash

    What an artist. Those images are unbelievably beautiful. The compositions and originality superb
    I am returning to look some more

    Helen xx

  2. I love these photos, especially Carol Lombard lighting a cigarette on the tennis court.

  3. Hello Dash:
    Munkacsi's work is well known to us and is frequently shown in Hungary, his country of birth. His foundation in sport photography is so very evident in the marvellous sense of movement which he captures in his images. As you say, all very reminiscent of the work of Lartigue, whom we also admire.

    This post is a wonderful tribute to this most talented of photographers.

  4. These photographs are absolutely wonderful...thank you for introducing this photographer...I've always loved Richard Avedon's shot and I adore the 'Jumping a Puddle' 1934 composition...I'm going to find out more about him ;-)

  5. awesome! your is really cool, i like these!

    best regards from Germany

  6. Dash Fabulous post and Fabulous Photographer!! Going to FB the Dancers in Seville it and link it back to you :)
    Carla x

  7. Oh what a delicious blog and even more delicious post - than you to the lovely Carla Coulson for linking me up. Thank you - you've made my day! Francesca

  8. The life does fairly dash off the image! It seems as if they will start moving at any moment. And to finish in poverty? oh that is tragic. just awful.

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