Within the initiative The Year of Social Change, the International Center of Photography (ICP), a leading center dedicated to visual culture and photography, prepared an exhibition of Magnum photos, titled Magnum Manifesto. The event will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the renowned Magnum Photos Collective. Highlighting the ICP’s long-standing support for the engaged photography with social and historic impact, the exhibition offers another look at significance of the medium of photography in contemporary world. Its ability to record important historical events as well as aspects of cultural history has drawn curators of the show, Clément Chéroux, Clara Bouveresse, Pauline Vermare to the Magnum collection, and its rich photo archive. Magnum Manifesto focuses on the history of the second half of the 20th century, through the lenses of 75 world-renowned photographers.
How would we remember the 20th century, if not through some of the best photos that captured it, and that entered our collective visual memory. Not just a look in the past, the Magnum Manifesto is also a show that traces the ideas and ideals behind the founding and development of the Magnum collective. The collective was founded by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Maria Eisner, George Rodger, Chim (David Seymour), and Rita and William Vandivert in 1947. As Clément Chéroux explains, the Magnum archive contains “all the histories of the world” shown in their great events; in moments of magic or symbolic significance; through the laughter and violence. It is a reconstruction of the “entire range of human experience” and thus an invaluable source for exploration of the past.
The exhibition of Magnum photos at ICP will be divided in three parts, each part representing a different historical period. The first part, titled Human Rights and Wrongs focuses on the period between 1947 and 1968. It shows photographs that emphasize ideals of community and utopianism in the post-war world. The centerpiece of the section is the RFK Funeral Train series by Paul Fusco. The second part, An Inventory of Differences, turns its lenses to period between 1969 and 1989. With the world slowly fragmenting, the photographic lens captures subcultures, minorities, and outsiders. The last section, Stories about Ending, continues to capture the world in flux and under threat, in the period between 1990 and 2017. Some of the photographs include Thomas Dworzak’s images of the Taliban, Alessandra Sanguinetti’s images created after the terrorist attacks in Nice, and Donovan Wyile’s Maze series.
The Magnum Manifesto exhibition will feature an impressive number of group and individual projects, including more than 250 prints; more than 130 books, videos, magazines, photographs, and rarely-seen archival documents, and 300 projected photographs. Among the artists that will be represented are Christopher Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Henri Cartier Bresson, Cornell and Robert Capa, Chim, Raymond Depardon, Elliott Erwitt, Bieke Depoorter, Martine Franck, Leonard Freed, Paul Fusco, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Burt Glinn, Jim Goldberg, Joseph Koudelka, Sergio Larrain, Wayne Miller, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Marc Riboud, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Eugene W. Smith, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, Mikhael Subotzky, Dennis Stock, and Alex Webb.
The exhibitions of Magnum photos at the International Center of Photography (ICP), 250 Bowery, New York, NY, opens on May 26th and can be seen until September 3rd, 2017. The media preview is scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th from 11am to 2pm.
Featured images: Christopher Anderson - Cherries spilled on crosswalk, New York City, USA, 2014© Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos; Marc Riboud - A young girl confronts the American National Guard outside the Pentagon during the 1967 anti-Vietnam march, Washington DC, USA © Marc Riboud/Magnum Photos; Olivia Arthur - Dubai Creek, Dubai, UAE, 2013 © Olivia Arthur/Magnum Photos. All images courtesy of the ICP.