Magnum Manifesto

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May 26 2017 - Sep 3 2017

An exhibition spanning the second half of the 20th century and celebrating the last 70 years of the oldest photographic cooperative in the world. James Dean striding through Times Square, Pablo Picasso holding a parasol for French painter Francoise Gilot and Marilyn Monroe on "The Misfits" set -- just three of the iconic Magnum photographs that capture the spirit of the 20th century. More than 240 prints and 300 projected photographs are on display 

It is a celebration of the legendary Magnum photo agency founded in 1947, this exhibition explores the world as seen through the lenses of a photographers’ cooperative that has historically oscillated between photojournalism and art. Clément Chéroux, curator at the Centre Pompidou, selected photographs, newspapers and magazines, and artist books that explore this powerful tension between objectivity and subjectivity.

Whether you go or not, Magnum Manifesto features both group and individual projects, and includes magazine spreads, newspaper features, and letters, putting some of the world’s most recognizable images in creative context. The publication is an expertly curated, essential collection of images and commentary, with 400+ illustrations,  of which 120 are in color. It is organized into three parts: Human Rights and Wrongs (1947-1968), views the Magnum archive through a humanist lens, focusing on postwar ideals of commonality and utopianism;  An Inventory of Differences (1969-1989), shows a world fragmenting, with a focus on subcultures, minorities, and outsiders; and Stories About Endings (1990-present day), charts the ways in which Magnum photographers have captured―and continue to capture―a world in flux and under threat.

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  • Photography
  • 20th Century
  • Magnum-photo-agency
  • Various artists

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