On Feb. 6, 1947, four photographers — Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour — toasted the founding of what would become the world’s most influential artist collective over a celebratory magnum of champagne in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. In the past 70 years, 92 photographers have contributed to the story of Magnum Photos, and today 49 photographer members continue to chronicle the world, interpreting its people, events and issues through visual storytelling.
Magnum Photos is celebrating 70 years of contribution to photography and world history with a special anniversary program marking its legacy, community, and contemporary photographic practices: public events, exhibitions — notably “Magnum Manifesto” at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and an accompanying catalogue published by Thames & Hudson — new photographic projects and a series of exclusive digital launches.
“Magnum Manifesto” traces the ideas and ideals behind the founding and development of the cooperative. It explores the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lenses of 75 masters, providing a new and insightful perspective on the contribution of these photographers to our collective visual memory.
Featuring group and individual projects, the exhibition includes more than 200 prints as well as books, magazines, videos and archival documents that have rarely been seen before. Among many others, it features the work of Christopher Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell and Robert Capa, Chim (David Seymour), Raymond Depardon, Bieke Depoorter, Elliott Erwitt, Martine Franck, Leonard Freed, Paul Fusco, Cristina García Rodero, Burt Glinn, Jim Goldberg, Joseph Koudelka, Sergio Larrain, Susan Meiselas, Wayne Miller, Martin Parr, Marc Riboud, Alessandra Sanguinetti, W. Eugene Smith, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, Dennis Stock, Mikhael Subotzky and Alex Webb.
The exhibition is a co-production between ICP and Magnum Photos. It is curated by Clément Chéroux, formerly photography curator at the Centre Pompidou, now senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, with Clara Bouveresse and ICP associate curator Pauline Vermare.
“Magnum: 70 at 70,” a NeueHouse exhibition of 70 pictorial and historical photographic icons, celebrates the diversity of the Magnum photographers bearing witness to major events of the last 70 years. Including seminal works by Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Martin Parr and Christopher Anderson, the exhibition spans the globe and covers regional events such as the Arab Spring, South Africa under apartheid and the recent migration crisis. (Magnum Photos)
Gypsies in Zehra, Slovakia, Czechoslovakia,1967. (© Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is greeted in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 31, 1964, on his return to the U.S. after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. (© Leonard Freed/Magnum Photos)
An American young girl, Jan Rose Kasmir, confronts the American National Guard outside the Pentagon during the 1967 anti-Vietnam march om Washington, D.C. This march helped to turn public opinion against the U.S. war in Vietnam. (© Marc Riboud/Magnum Photos)
Robert Kennedy funeral train, U.S.A., 1968. (© Paul Fusco/Magnum Photos)
Untitled, 1976. (© Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos)
The Necklace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1999. (© Alessandra Sanguinetti/Magnum Photos)
Villagers collect scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies in Altai Territory, Russia, 2000. Environmentalists fear for the region’s future due to the toxic rocket fuel. (© Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos)
Refugees and migrants arriving on Lesbos, Greece in 2015, are transferred to the Moria refugee camp where they register with authorities before being able to move on. (© Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos)