From Monday July 27 through Sunday August 2, Magnum’s Square Print Sale will present over 100 images and texts by international artists curated under the theme of Solidarity, an initiative developed in support of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in collaboration with Vogue.
up left: JONAS BENDIKSEN/MAGNUM PHOTOS – Sukhumi, Abkhazia. 2005 bottom left: BRUNO BARBEY/MAGNUM PHOTOS – Barricade built out of movie posters. Rue Saint Michel/Rue de Lyon, near the Bastille, France. May 24, 1968. Right: CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON/MAGNUM PHOTOS President Barack Obama in the private dining room of the White House. Washington, DC. USA. 2016.
Magnum Photos was founded in Paris in 1947 as an artists’ co-operative by four pioneering photographers: Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour. Magnum photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.
In a year of global societal and political upheaval that has seen the Black Lives Matter cause taken up around the world as well as hundreds of millions facing government restrictions on movement, the theme of solidarity challenges participating photographers to reflect upon the power of togetherness in tumultuous times.
During the sale, and one week only, over 100 archival-quality prints, signed by the photographers or estate-stamped by the estates, are available for just $100 from magnumphotos.com/shop. 50% of the proceeds from the Magnum Square Print Sale will be donated to the NAACP.
While acknowledging the divisions running through society, the selection will examine a simultaneous human yearning for connection, aiming to explore the strength of both the individual and collective, as well as the interdependence of peoples around the world in the face of adversity and oppression.
Demonstrations of unity in everyday life to historical moments
The curation goes from everyday demonstrations of unity like in Harry Gruyaert’s photograph of fishermen working together in a storm, W. Eugene Smith’s 1951 portrait of midwife Maude Callen supporting her community to images exploring moments in history where human bonds and the rallying of masses to a cause strove to bring about positive change.
Several photographs depict the civil rights movement in the US and the ongoing fight for racial equality. Some of the images capture the early days of the movement — like Bob Henriques’ image of the crowds at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom led by Martin Luther King, or Eve Arnold’s 1960 photograph of activists being trained not to react to bigoted provocation and Bruce Davidson’s image of protestors marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Eli Reed’s chosen photograph from an anti-racism protest in Forsyth County, Georgia, was taken more than 20 years later. More recently; Miranda Barnes’ photograph of the Lorraine Motel to mark the 50th anniversary of Luther King’s assassination, Peter van Agtmael’s coverage of the fallout from the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and Richie Shazam’s Black Trans Lives Matter March in Brooklyn remind viewers of the ongoing fight for racial justice in America.
Other photographs in the curation explore personal paths to understanding the power of solidarity through relationships with loved ones, strangers, or movements. From private acts of unity such as Alec Soth’s tender image of friendship between two blind young men, June Canedo de Souza holding her baby cousin’s hands and Newsha Tavakolian’s portrait of a millennial growing up in post-revolutionary Iran, to the public act of the raised fists of athletes Larry James, Lee Evans and Ron Freeman on the podium at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 captured by Raymond Depardon.
Some key artists involved: Christopher Anderson, Peter van Agtmael, Eve Arnold, Miranda Barnes, Matt Black, June Canedo de Souza, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, W. Eugene Smith, Stuart Franklin, Harry Gruyaert, Hassan Hajjaj, Bob Henriques, Yael Martinez, Eli Reed, Richie Shazam, Alec Soth, Newsha Tavakolian, Larry Towell, and others
‘Solidarity’, the Magnum’s Square Print Sale, in support of NAACP and in collaboration with Vogue, runs from Monday, July 27, 9AM EST to Sunday, August 2, 6PM EST 2020. Signed or estate-stamped, museum-quality, 6×6” prints from over 100 visual artists will exceptionally be available for $100, for 7 days only, from magnumphotos.com/shop.
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