Liberia

Artist: Martin Munkacsi (American (born Hungary), Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) 1896–1963 New York)

Date: 1931

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: 33.2 x 26.6 cm (13 1/16 x 10 1/2 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.1100.35

Rights and Reproduction: © Joan Munkacsi, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Description

As a young man in Budapest, Munkacsi worked for a sports paper, and from 1927 until his emigration to the United States in 1934, he was a crack reporter for Berlin's Ullstein publications, among others. During the latter period, his pictures were widely reproduced and admired in Europe. The young Cartier-Bresson learned from the taut choreography of this photograph that split-second timing was essential to his art.

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