Martin Munkacsi [Bio
I went to a Matisse sculpture exhibit last week at
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
His outdoor picture of infamous German film director
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.