Sunday, 27 October 2019

Magnum Manifesto


'Photographs open doors into the past, but they also allow a look into the future'. Sally Mann



Magnum Manifesto




at Compton Verney.

An exhibition of over 300 photographs chronicling world events of the 20th century.

In 1947, following the aftermath of WWII, four pioneering photographers - Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Besson, George Rodger and Chim aka David Seymour - founded Magnum photos. For over 70 years Magnum's photographers have documented world events, pushed the boundaries of visual language and fostered photographic dialogues.




Josef Koudelka, Gypsies




Danny Lyon, Conversations with the Dead




In 1967 and 1968, Danny Lyon documented the penal system in Texas. One of these pictures was published in the New York Times, accompanying an article that heavily criticised the living conditions at the prison.




Patrick Zachmann, A survivor of the concentration camps: first worldwide meeting of Holocaust survivors, Jerusalem, 1981




Jean Gaumy, A psychiatric asylum in the town of Soyapango, El Salvador, 1985. 

Authorities claimed that millions of Salvadorians were suffering from psychological problems as a result of stress endured during their country's civil war.





Eve Arnold, Migrant Potato Pickers.

In 1951 Eve Arnold compiled a reportage on the migrant workers of Long Island, near New York City. She photographed the daily lives of families employed in the field as potato pickers, producing meditative images in the humanist tradition.
With clever use of contrasts between shadow and light, she endowed her pictures with a universal appeal, combining documentary precision with an intimate, humanist perspectives that invites empathy from the viewer.




Christina Garcia Rodero, Espana Oculta.




Leonard Freed, Black in White America.




Leonard Freed, Black in White America.




Robert Capa, Exiled Republicans being transferred from one part of an internment camp for Spanish refugees to another, Le Barcares, France, 1939




David Seymour, SS prisoners during the Dachau trials, held under the auspices of the Dachau Detachment War Crimes Group, 1947




Wayne Miller, The centre of the atomic 44 bomb blast: a soldier walks through the site where the army barracks previously stood in central Hiroshima, Japan, Sept. 8, 1945




Bruno Barbey, Students forming a chain to pass cobblestones for barricades, rue Gay-Lussac, Paris, May 10, 1968




Raymond Depardon, Lee Evans, winner of the 400 metres, Olympic Games, Mexico City, 1968




Marc Riboud, Jean Rose Kasmir confronting the American National Guard outside the Pentagon during the 1967 anti-Vietnam march, Washington, DC




Constantine Manos, Coretta King and her children around the open coffin of her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlanta, Georgia, 1968




David Alan Harvey, Norfolk, Virginia, 1967.

In the series Tell it Like It Is, Harvey photographed a black family living in a disadvantaged neighbourhood, over the course of a month




Danny Lyon, Freedom Day, Selma, Alabama, October 7, 1964




Burt Glinn, Forced integration of Little Rock High School, in formerly segregated Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957

Orval Faubus, governor of Arkansas, had previously mobilised the National Guard to prevent nine African American students from entering the school




Erich Lessing, A woman pulls three heavy sacks through the snow, Budapest, Hungary, 1956





Werner Bischof, Bihar, India, April 1951

Because of flooding and drought, the province of Bihar was heavily stricken with famine




Ara Buler, Saying good-bye on the Galata quay, Turkey, 1955





Wayne Miller, Anti-hydrogen bomb protest, California, 1950




Dennis Stock, Immigrants, New York City, 1950s




Erich Lessing, Hungarian citizens queuing for food and observing destroyed tanks and dead Soviet soldiers after the national uprising against the Hungarian government




David Seymour, A court reporter, judges and members of the Buchenwald concentration camp trial, Dachau, Germany, 1947




Wayne Miller, The center of the atomic 44 bomb blast; a soldier walks through the site where the army barracks previously stood in central Hiroshima, Japan, Sept. 8, 1945




Mark Power, Die Mauer ist weg!

In November 1989, Mark Power was in Berlin when the Wall fell.




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