Martin Munkasci 1896 – 1963
"In 1932 I saw a photograph by Marin Munkacsi of three black children running into the sea, and I must say that it is that very photograph which was for me the spark that set fire to the fireworks...and made me suddenly realize that photography could reach eternity through the moment." Henri Cartier-Bresson
Born May 18, Kolozsvar, Hungary.
Moves to Budapest.
Reports and writes poetry for Az Est, Pesti Napló and SzÎnházi Élet newspapers.
Begins his photography career in 1921 while covering sports for the Hungarian newspaper Az Est.
Begins to take sports photographs for Az Est.
Moves to Berlin. Accepts a three year contract with the Ullstein Verlag. Completes assignments in Sicily, Turkey, Palestine, Egypt, Algeria and Hungary.
Freelances for The Studio and contributes to photographic yearbooks Das Deutsche Lichtbild, Photographie (France), and Modern Photography (England).
Travels to the United States in 1933 on assignment for the Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung. First fashion photographs appear in the December "Palm Beach" issue of Harper's Bazaar.
Emigrates to New York and accepts a contract with Harper's Bazaar.
Works for Good Housekeeping, Ladies' Home Journal, Life, Pictorial Review and Town and Country. His work is included in 65 out of 78 monthly issues of Ladies' Home Journal for the feature "How America Lives".
At the height of his career, earning more than $100,000 per year.
Suffers a serous heart attack and devotes most of his time to writing.
Fool's Apprentice, a semi-autobiographical novel is published.
Works freelance for large corporations, including Ford and Reynolds.
Nudes is published, with cover design by Alexey Brodovitch.
Works on film scripts and sorty outlines. Cameraman and lighting designer for the animated puppet film of Hansel and Gretel. Writes and directs Bob's Declaration of Independence.
Dies July 14.
Selected solo Exhibitions
Versicherungs Kammer Bayer, Munich
The International Center of Photography, New York
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
Fnac Etoile Gallery, Paris
Picto-Bastille Gallery, Paris
Photofind Gallery, Woodstock, New York
Daniel Wolff, Inc., New York
Retrospective. International Center of Photography, New York
Seletcted Group Exhibitions
The Hungarian Circle: 1916-1940. Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
German Photography. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Festival International de la Photo de Mode. Ethnography Museum, Budapest, Hungary
The New Vision: Photography Between the Wars. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Shots of Style. Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Lichtbildnisse: Das Portrat in der Fotografie. Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn
Avant-Garde Photography in Germany 1919-1939. Sa Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco
Fleeting Gestures: Dance Photographs. International Center of Photography, New York
Life: The First Decade. Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York
The History of Fashion Photography. International Center of Photography
Fashion Photography: Six Decades. Emily Lowe Gallery, Hofstra University, New York
Glamour Portraits. Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Photo Essay. Museum of Modern Art, New York
Photography 1839-1937. Museum of Modern Art, New York
Photographes Made in Hungary. Text by Károly Kincses. Milan: Actes Sud/Motta, 1998
Martin Munkacsi: An Aperture Monograph. Biographical profile by Susan Morgan. New York: Aperture, 1992
Style in Motion. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., 1979
Nudes. Introduction by John Rawlings. New York: Greenberg, 1951
Selected Public Collections
George Eastman House, Rochester, New York
International Center of Photography, New York
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Museum of Modern Art, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco