Vacation photo inspiration: The works of Martin Munkácsi

Martin Munkácsi is a Hungarian photographer who started as a sports writer/photographer in Hungary in the 1920s and became one of history’s most influential fashion photographers while working for Harper’s Bazaar. He is well-known for his informal, spontaneous images which were incredibly revolutionary at the time. His work was highly influential in the career’s of Richard Avedon and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Richard Avedon – “He brought a taste for happiness and honesty and a love of women to what was, before him, a joyless, loveless, lying art. Today the world of what is called fashion is peopled with Munkácsi’s babies, his heirs…. The art of Munkácsi lay in what he wanted life to be, and he wanted it to be splendid. And it was.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson re: ‘Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika’ by Munkácsi – “For me this photograph was the spark that ignited my enthusiasm. I suddenly realized that, by capturing the moment, photography was able to achieve eternity. It is the only photograph to have influenced me. This picture has such intensity, such joie de vivre, such a sense of wonder that it continues to fascinate me to this day.”

Since I have been planning our first ever winter getaway vacation, I was struck by the idea that these images could serve as amazing inspiration for vacation photos as well!



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