Magnum Photos continues its 75th-anniversary celebrations with the latest in a series of three
Square Print Sales looking back over its illustrious history, from 1947 to the present day.
The second sale of the series, Now, will take place from Monday, October 17 to Sunday,
October 23. The sale follows Precedents, which took place in March, and precedes Vital Signs,
the third and final sale scheduled for next spring.
The October sale is curated in partnership with The Photographers' Gallery in London,
which has invited 31 photographers it works with to join in by contributing their own iconic
image, taking the total number to more than 100 signed or estate-stamped, museum-quality
The images from each of the three Magnum Square Print Sales form a triptych around the
wider theme of ‘Then, Now, Next', selected by each photographer and estate to tell a story
from their archives. Each selection has been curated so that the images work alone or in
dialogue with each other. The story behind each image, as written by the photographers and
estates themselves, is shared alongside each print, and is signed or stamped by the estate.
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© Inge Morath/Magnum Photos
For the second sale of the series, photographers and estates were asked to select an image
from their archive that stands out to them today: an image perhaps that, in retrospect, they
feel was pivotal in their career; or an image that reminds them of an experience or a moment,
that has stood the test of time; or even an image that they feel captures their photographic
voice within the storied 75-year old Magnum archive.
The result of this collective thinking includes images that span eight decades, from Robert Capa
's D-Day landings in 1944 to Sabiha Çimen
's bathers relaxing at a hammam in Turkey
in 2020. The selection also includes several stand-out images from the photographers'
archives, such as Cornell Capa
's impromptu visit to the Bolshoi Ballet in 1958, Marilyn
Monroe on the set of The Misfits as captured by Eve Arnold
in 1960, or Martin Luther
King Jr., as photographed by Leonard Freed
in 1964. Others include images that represent
a photographer's unique voice - an iconic Alex Webb
image from Cuba in 2000, a beach
full of life at the Amalfi Coast shot by Martin Parr
in 2014, or a classic Steve McCurry
from his trip to India in 2016.
© Robert Capa/Magnum Photos
From the selection of 31 prints by The Photographers' Gallery, Evgenia Arbugaeva
of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award in 2013 - contributes an image from her hometown
in Tiksi, in the Siberian Arctic. Celebrated Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti
with a photograph of a toad on a small island in the Baltic Sea in 1974, alongside British
photographer Luke Stephenson
with a brightly colored budgie from his 2007 series An
Incomplete Dictionary of Show Birds.
© Evgenia Arbugaeva/The Photographers' Gallery
An exhibition of the full collection of prints will take place at The Photographers' Gallery,
located at 16-18 Ramilies Street, London, W1F 7LW. The exhibition will run from Friday,
October 14 - providing attendees with an exclusive look at the prints on sale - until the
closing of the sale on October 23.
©Jacob Aue Sobol /Magnum Photos
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ongoing commitment to documenting world events, people, places, daily life and culture.
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Print Sales at The Photographers' Gallery
Print Sales at The Photographers' Gallery is a dedicated center for discovering and buying
fine-art photographic prints, with all proceeds supporting the Photographers' Gallery public
program. Representing a roster of international photographers - from established names
to emerging talent - a curated series of selling exhibitions each year brings you the best of
both sought-after classics and brand-new contemporary work. The Photographers' Gallery
champions photography for everyone. In the heart of central London and home to an
international community of photographers, the Gallery explores photography in all its forms,
with a diverse and critically acclaimed program of exhibitions, events and courses. Find out
more at printsales.thephotographersgallery.org.uk
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Orna and Jacob the cat before Barak's birth. At home, Ramat Hen, Israel. 1967. ©Micha Bar Am /Magnum Photos