Hamburg

Hamburg

Martin Munkácsi

Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Deichtorstrasse 1 + 2
April 15–June 26, 2005

Curated by F.C. Gundlach, Klaus Honnef, Enno Kaufhold, and Ulrich Rüter

“All great photographs today are snapshots,” Martin Munkácsi (1896–1963) announced in 1935, and he had plenty of convincing evidence right at hand. For more than a decade, the self-taught Hungarian photographer had been enlivening newspapers and magazines in Budapest and Berlin with pictures that combined modernist innovation, graphic sophistication, and the punch of a knockout sports photo. When he followed other Jewish exile artists to New York in 1934, Munkácsi brought the same anything-goes exuberance and spontaneity to his work with Harper’s Bazaar and Life. With more than 350 photos, many previously unpublished, this retrospective should help explain why both Cartier-Bresson and Avedon cited Munkácsi as a key influence.