The last wild years of Berlin, before the Nazi takeover of power, were created for Munkacsi who like no other led a vibrant life, the “Dance on the Volcano”, and not unduly became the best-paid photographer of his time. After his emigration to the USA, he gave dance and fashion photography new impulses with his pioneering pizzazz. Perhaps its this energy of the journalistic investigator that resisted museum status. At any rate, both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA in New York decline the purchase of his assets. That would disperse his work and cause him to be relatively forgotten. Contributing to his renewed presence in the general consciousness in the recent past is a large retrospective in the “Haus der Fotografie” in the Hamburg Deichtorhallen.