Hungarian photographer Martin Munkacsi (1896 – 1963) created dynamic and elegant images of models and athletes in motion. His unique style inspiring photographers from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Richard Avedon grew out of the context of 1930s photojournalism and required a combination of split-second timing and radical cropping. For Munkacsi, process was the key.
The recent rediscovery of his long-lost negative archive helps to clarify his working methods and uncover the secrets behind his most famous images. Drawn from the collection of over 4,000 glass negatives recently acquired by the International Center of Photography, this exhibition will include vintage and modern prints, as well as some original negatives, many still in their boxes with Munkacsi's handwritten annotations. This exhibition was organized by Erin Barnett, ICP Assistant Curator of Collections.