Unbearable Lightness of Being

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Hungarian photographer Martin Munkacsi (1896–1963) created dynamic and elegant images of models and athletes in motion. His unique style—inspiring photographers from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Richard Avedon—was one of unbridled joie de vivre.

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Bathers…

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“Norwegian champion Edel Randem, doing a pirouette,” ca. 1931.

Athletes

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Katherine Hepburn posing alongside plane

Celebrities…

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Lucile Brokaw on Long Island Beach, 1933

Socialites…

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Fred Astaire, 1936 (LIFE)

And an effortlessly antic Fred Astaire

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Louise Brooks, Actress

In Munkacsi’s world,
half the population finds itself levitating in midair …

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… and the rest looks on in wonder.

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International Center of Photography through May 3, 2009, www.icp.org

 

 

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~ by eaesthete on 03/02/09.

One Response to “Unbearable Lightness of Being”

  1. I love the images of Hepburn and Louise Brooks. It’s always such a pleasure to visit your elegant site.

    xo
    SF

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