A commission by SFMOMA, this poster contrasts two alternate views of the human body in motion: the stressed and idealized body of Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia vs. the loose and languid body of Hollywood’s Fred Astaire. [+]

The poster announces a film series to accompany an exhibition of images by Hungarian photographer Martin Munkácsi. Munkácsi, whose career spanned both pre-WWII Berlin and Hollywood, was an influence on the film industry in both countries. Riefenstahl’s rigid idealization of the body came from Mukásci’s early sports photography, while Hollywood’s celebration of a relaxed American elegance came from his later work as a fashion photographer in the Los Angeles.

Dimensions: 36 x 25 inches
Available for purchase.

Photography: Rob Prideaux