Artist: Martin Munkacsi (American (born Hungary), Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvar) 1896–1963 New York)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 33.2 x 26.6 cm (13 1/16 x 10 1/2 in.)
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
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.