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Martin Munkacsi, 1896-1963

"He was the first. He did it first, and today the world of what is called fashion is peopled with Munkacsi's babies, his heirs It was my first lesson in photography, and there were many lessons after, all learned from Munkacsi, though I never met him. He brought a taste for happiness and honesty and a love of women to what was, before him, a joyless, lying art" /Richard Avedon, August, 1963/. "I saw a photograph 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. It is only that one photograph which influenced me. There is in that image such intensity, spontaneity, such a joy of life, such a prodigy, that I am still dazzled by it even today" /Henri Cartier-Bresson, May, 1977/.

Style in Motion at the Michael Hoppen Gallery is a tribute to the breadth of Munkacsi's vision, in fashion and reportage photography. Beginning in the 1930s, the naturally innovative Munkacsi introduced the snapshot aesthetic which was to revolutionize photography forever. His ability to capture spontaneity with such an acute understanding of style, pattern, form and framing demonstrates his uniquely sophisticated visual sense and understanding of image making, which was to become so influential to so many subsequent photographers.

Beauty gained a new level in Munkacsi's images. This can be clearly seen in his seminal fashion shoot for Harper's Bazaar in 1933 with Lucile Brokow running down the beach with her cape billowing behind her; the first image of the all-American beauty in action. It was a complete break from the staid and static images that emerged from studio shoots, and his approach was enhanced by his collaboration with the editor-in-chief Carmel Snow, and her other famous discovery, the graphic designer Alexey Brodovitch, who knew how to harness Munkacsi's ground-breaking images. Munkacsi knew not only the power of the image, but also the power of the commercial image: "A picture is not worth a thousand words, it's worth a thousand bucks".
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Martin Munkacsi, photographing for Harper's Bazaar in Long Island, taking an angle shot of a diver, 1935
Martin Munkacsi, photographing for Harper's Bazaar in Long Island, taking an angle shot of a diver, 1935
Beduin, Egypt, 1929
Beduin, Egypt, 1929
Boys running into the surf at Lake Tanganyika, ca. 1930
Boys running into the surf at Lake Tanganyika, ca. 1930
Flight D-LZ 127 'Graf Zeppelin' to Brazil, 1932
Flight D-LZ 127 'Graf Zeppelin' to Brazil, 1932
Jumping fox terrier, ca. 1930
Jumping fox terrier, ca. 1930
Fun on the beach—Lunabad, Berlin, 1930
Fun on the beach—Lunabad, Berlin, 1930
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Brazil, 1932
Brazil, 1932
Brazil, 1932
Brazil, 1932
Brazil, 1932
Operetta soubrette Rosi Barsony in her entrancing grotesque dance
Operetta soubrette Rosi Barsony in her entrancing grotesque dance
Operetta soubrette Rosi Barsony in her entrancing grotesque dance
Operetta soubrette Rosi Barsony in her entrancing grotesque dance
t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456708.tTfBQqc0.jpg Fred Astaire on his Toes, 1936
Fred Astaire on his Toes, 1936
t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456711.JzpyTHJY.jpg Lovely autumn: the last warm rays of sunshine, ca. 1929
Lovely autumn: the last warm rays of sunshine, ca. 1929
Lucile Brokaw on the Long Island Beach, 1933
Lucile Brokaw on the Long Island Beach, 1933
Greta Garbo on vacation, ca. 1932
Greta Garbo on vacation, ca. 1932
t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456715.n1WkKeCv.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456716.hzSGSUhT.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456717.IBVua4iR.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456718.CDmf6eQo.jpg 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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The Goalkeeper, 1928
The Goalkeeper, 1928
The Goalkeeper, 1928
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The Goalkeeper, 1928
The Goalkeeper, 1928
t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456728.9EdBHzkU.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456729.IsNIJBKk.jpg The Goalkeeper, 1928
The Goalkeeper, 1928
Liberia, 1930
Liberia, 1930
Liberia, 1930
Liberia, 1930
Liberia, 1930
Liberia, 1930
Liberia, 1930
Liberia, 1930
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
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
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Opening of Parliament on March 21, 1933
Fitness training session at a civilian flight school in Munich, 1928
Fitness training session at a civilian flight school in Munich, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
German Luftwaffe, 1928
Kids,  Kissingen, Germany, 1929
Kids, Kissingen, Germany, 1929
Kids,  Kissingen, Germany, 1929
Kids, Kissingen, Germany, 1929
Kids,  Kissingen, Germany, 1929
Kids, Kissingen, Germany, 1929
Kids,  Kissingen, Germany, 1929
Kids, Kissingen, Germany, 1929
A Field Full of Children, Kissingen, Germany, 1929
A Field Full of Children, Kissingen, Germany, 1929
t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456760.XdYGDYKa.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456761.ZUxVISLr.jpg At 100 Kilometers - Driver in Hungarian Tourist Trophy Race, 1929
At 100 Kilometers - Driver in Hungarian Tourist Trophy Race, 1929
t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456764.Hhd33W3T.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456765.oJPO4X8u.jpg
t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456766.1N3KWzqn.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456767.hgRLYh3m.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456768.xDHuSKEK.jpg t6%2f98%2f316398%2f4%2f79456769.o8gYLZbE.jpg Karstadt, Germany
Karstadt, Germany