Girls in Swamps


Martin Munkácsi, [Woman sitting on tree stump, Cypress Gardens, South Carolina], 1937


Martin Munkácsi, [Woman sitting on tree stump, Cypress Gardens, South Carolina], 1937


Munkácsi Martin, [Woman sitting on tree stump, Cypress Gardens, South Carolina], 1937


Martin Munkácsi, [Women sitting on tree stump, Cypress Gardens, South Carolina], 1937


Martin Munkácsi, [Woman on boat, Cypress Gardens, South Carolina], 1937

I really wish these 4 x 5 glass plate negatives were in color (Autochromes or Technicolor perhaps). The Cypress Gardens are here: 3030 Cypress Gardens Rd., Moncks Corner, South Carolina (Phone: 843-553-0515).

The history of The Cypress Gardens South Carolina dates back to the founding of Berkeley County, when the county was established by the Lord’s Proprietors.
The land was first settled by the Nesbitt family in the 1700s. In later years it became a very successful rice plantation, one of the largest on the Cooper River. After the Civil War and several hurricanes, it became impossible to continue the rice production and the plantation fell into disrepair.
In 1909 Benjamin Kittredge, a wealthy businessman from New York, purchased the property. Together with his wife, they planned and developed the water forest into a magnificent swamp garden. The Kittredge’s opened The Cypress Gardens to the public in 1932. In 1963, the Kittredge family donated the property to Charleston county to be used as a public park.

About these ads
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Girls in Swamps

  1. Candice says:

    Martin Munkacsi never shot in color. He refused to adapt to color film…thus his downfall and why he died in poverty. Thank you for posting them…do you know any more information on Munkacsi?

  2. erinbarnett says:

    In recent years, ICP has mounted two exhibitions of Munkacsi’s work. You can read more here:
    http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/munkacsis-lost-archive
    http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/martin-munkacsi-think-while-you-shoot

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s