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Martin Munkacsi

Martin Munkacsi [Bio 1896-1963] REDHIPPO Archive
I went to a Matisse sculpture exhibit last week at SFMOMA, but I think I was just as impressed with the photography exhibit of the Hungarian born photographer Martin Munkacsi.  Munkacsi started out in Hungary as a news/sports photographer.  You can see the influence of sports action and motion in later photos. He then got his big start in Berlin in 1928, where in addition to fashion and sports photography, he took pictures of normal Berliners.  He also took photographs on the "Day of Potsdam" when von Hindenburg handed control of Germany over to Adolph Hitler.  His pictures that day included Hitler and Joseph Goebbels. His outdoor picture of infamous German film director Leni Riefenstahl made the cover of Time Magazine in 1936.  His also photographs included many celebrities, e.g., Fred Astaire, Luis Armstrong and Jean Harlow.  Also, his intimate portrait of Freda Kahlo and Diego Rivera was quite outstanding.  Despite all of his wonderful artwork, he ended up in poverty and his errs even had a hard time finding a university or museum to take an archive of his photos.  I bet those dorks are crying in their now!  If you are in the SF Bay Area, I highly recommend the exhibit.  I only wish I could have found more of his photos on the web.  I'll have to get one of those books of his photos.


Lovely Autumn (1929)

Fred Astaire (1936)

Rosi Barsony (1932)

Leni Riefenstahl (1936)

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