- Gelatin silver print; printed later
- 14 x 11 inches
- Estate stamp with title, negative date, print date and edition number in pencil on print verso
Martin Munkacsi began his photography career in 1921 while covering sports for the Hungarian newspaper Az Est
. Largely self-trained in the medium, he had served in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I and worked as a writer and reporter before becoming a full-time, professional photographer.
In the late 1920's Munkacsi took a lucrative contract with Ullstein Verlag and executed fashion assignments for Harper's Bazaar.
Open to a variety of influences around him, he took up with a movement later known as New Photography while working in Berlin. The movement rejected the imitation of other visual arts and encouraged photographers to exploit the medium’s unique possibilities and properties.
Munkacsi was still exploring these ideas when he came to the United States in 1933 on assignment for the Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung.
At that time he met Carmel Snow, the editor of Harper's Bazaar
; she quickly recognized his talent and hired him to shoot a fashion feature on location at Piping Rock Beach. At the time, fashion was photographed in studios, and when Munkacsi shot the model in action, running toward him, he broke the mold entirely and set a trend which is still with us. His widely imitated spontaneity and action brought magazine fashions to life and earned him the description "the kinetic man."
Munkacsi continued to shoot sporting events and also produced a number of important portraits. He use of extreme angles, unusual situations and surprising locations further secured his name as an influential figure in the history of photography. Munkacsi's photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the International Center of Photography (New York), the George Eastman House (Rochester) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.