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The World Through the Lens of Martin Munkacsi: Stunning Black and White Photographs from the 1920s and 1930s

Martin Munkácsi was a genius Hungarian photographer who worked in Germany and America during the 1930s.He captivated sports, entertainment, politics and street life in his photographs. Munkacsi made his reputation doing reportage, often from exotic locations, in German photo weeklies, where his early photographs were published.

The energetic Munkacsi turned his talents to fashion photography, taking pictures of models on the beach in 1933. Those pictures contributed to the revolution of fashion photography with their informality and vitality. Carmel Snow, the editor of Harper’s Bazaar, offered him a contract soon after, and he left for New York where he became famous and rich.

Munkácsi died of a heart attack at Randall’s Island in New York City after suffering a poor life and being the subject of controversy. His archives were rejected by several universities and museums, and they were scattered around the globe. Berlin’s Ullstein Archives and Hamburg’s F. C. Gundlach collection are home to two of the largest collections of Munkácsi’s work.

#1 Nude with Parasol, Harper’s Bazaar, July 1935

Nude with Parasol, Harper’s Bazaar, July 1935

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#2 Jumping fox terrier, ca. 1930

Jumping fox terrier, ca. 1930

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#3 Eva Szaplone in a rumbleseat, 1932

Eva Szaplone in a rumbleseat, 1932

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#4 Fun on the beach—Lunabad, Berlin, 1930

Fun on the beach—Lunabad, Berlin, 1930

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#5 Summer on the beach. A little girl opened the laces of her mother’s slippers, 1929

Summer on the beach. A little girl opened the laces of her mother's slippers, 1929

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#6 Two women sunbathing, ca. 1929

Two women sunbathing, ca. 1929

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#7 Lovely autumn: the last warm rays of sunshine, ca. 1929

Lovely autumn: the last warm rays of sunshine, ca. 1929

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#8 Greta Garbo on vacation, ca. 1932

Greta Garbo on vacation, ca. 1932

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#9 Women spectators, 1928

Women spectators, 1928

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#10 The Dance Team of Tibor von Halmay and Eva Sylt, ca. 1931

The Dance Team of Tibor von Halmay and Eva Sylt, ca. 1931

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#13 Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933, ‘Potsdam Day’—”The German Army marches out,” 1933

Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933, 'Potsdam Day'—"The German Army marches out," 1933

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#14 Dolores Del Rio, 1936

Dolores Del Rio, 1936

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#15 Choked with coffee, Barzil, 1932

Choked with coffee, Barzil, 1932

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#16 Marlene Dietrich, 1936-40

Marlene Dietrich, 1936-40

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#18 Carole Lombard, Hollywood, 1937

Carole Lombard, Hollywood, 1937

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#23 Reflection in a motorcycle mirror, Berlin, c. 1929

Reflection in a motorcycle mirror, Berlin, c. 1929

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#24 ca. 1928

ca. 1928

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#25 Motorcyclist, Budapest, 1923

Motorcyclist, Budapest, 1923

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#26 At 100 Kilometers – Driver in Hungarian Tourist Trophy Race, 1929

At 100 Kilometers - Driver in Hungarian Tourist Trophy Race, 1929

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#28 The goalkeeper, 1928

The goalkeeper, 1928

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#29 Dancer on stage, 1930

Dancer on stage, 1930

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#30 Dancers in Seville. 1930

Dancers in Seville. 1930

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#31 Movable lifeguard tower, Germany, c.1929

Movable lifeguard tower, Germany, c.1929

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#33 Palermo Procession, Sicily, 1927

Palermo Procession, Sicily, 1927

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#34 Procession, Ernö Vadas, Budapest, 1934

Procession, Ernö Vadas, Budapest, 1934

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#35 Leni Riefenstahl, 1931

Leni Riefenstahl, 1931

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#36 Working toward a Greater New York, 1940

Working toward a Greater New York, 1940

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#37 1928

1928

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#38 Children playing, Madrid, 1930

Children playing, Madrid, 1930

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#39 Girls dancing in the streets, Budapest, 1923

Girls dancing in the streets, Budapest, 1923

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#40 Cheese Market, Netherlands

Cheese Market, Netherlands

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#42 Berlin, 1929

Berlin, 1929

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#43 Street scene, 1928

Street scene, 1928

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#44 Olivia de Havilland, 1930

Olivia de Havilland, 1930

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#45 Katherine Hepburn, 1935

Katherine Hepburn, 1935

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#46 Vacation fun, Germany, 1929

Vacation fun, Germany, 1929

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#47 Turkey, 1929

Turkey, 1929

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#48 Turkey, 1929

Turkey, 1929

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#49 Paris, ca. 1927

Paris, ca. 1927

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#50 In the Air, Harper’s Bazaar, 1935

In the Air, Harper's Bazaar, 1935

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Written by Jacob Aberto

Sincere, friendly, curious, ambitious, enthusiast. I'm a content crafter and social media expert. I love Classic Movies because their dialogue, scenery and stories are awesome.

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