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.
Inscription: Inscribed in blue ink on mount, recto LR [below print]: "The Sea of"; inscribed on mount, verso LR: "LAKE TANGANYIKA, 1932 // Joan Munkacsi"; inscribed on mount, verso LR: "DW 28";
daughter of the artist; Howard Greenberg, Woodstock, NY; [...]; Sam Wagstaff, New York; John C. Waddell, March 26, 1986
Additional copy negatives: MM77293 4x5, 8x10 JCW note: reproduced as plate 87 in Photographie, 1931.