Martin Munkacsi (1896-1963) was never at a loss for self-confidence and was proud to be the best-paid photographer of his time.
One of the most significant photographers of the twentieth century, Munkacsi shaped the beginnings of modern photojournalism and set into motion the previously static medium of photography. Munkacsi combined journalistic accuracy with a highly formal aesthetic standard, and was an outstanding representative of the “Neues Sehen”, arguably photography’s weightiest contribution to advanced art. He defied convention by incorporating motion, dramatic camera angles and whimsy into his work, creating fashion and sports photography that was groundbreaking and unmatched. Munkacsi’s work unfortunately did not remain intact: scattered throughout the world, it was to an extent lost. Only the Ullstein Archive in Berlin maintains a fairly extensive collection of his life’s work from his days in Hungary and Germany.
This edition of Martin Munkacsi combines pictures from all Munkacsi’s artistic phases with images and bodies of work that have not been seen since their initial magazine publication. Munkacsi’s work reveals a tense, technologyobsessed, glamorous and contradictory epoch.