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A Look Back at Visions Forward

We're taking a moment to celebrate the 77th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Magnum Photos with images taken of and by our Members at past gatherings through the decades.

Magnum Photos annual meeting. Foreground: Jean Gaumy, Susan Meisela, Chris Steele-Perkins, Patrick Zachmann, James Nachtwey. Background: Paul Fusco, Bruno Barbey, René Burri. New York City, USA. 19 (...)

Since its founding, Magnum Photos has held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in summer each year, usually in June. Rotating between Paris, New York, and London most years, Magnum photographers, estates, and the agency’s international staff convene to discuss company business. The AGM is an opportunity to review work, discuss the year ahead, and forge or strengthen collaborative bonds. Notably, one entire day is designated for the collective’s Members to vote on potential new full Members, Associate Members, and Nominee photographers. Alongside business decisions, Magnum organizes several public events to foster greater connection between Magnum, the photographers, and the photographic community.

Instead of Paris, this year’s AGM takes place in Arles, marking the first time in over a decade that the annual meeting is being held in the South of France. Magnum has programmed a series of talks, signings, and exhibitions for those in and around the city in the days leading up to the Rencontres d’Arles photography festival.

Here are some memorable moments from past AGMs.

Magnum photographers and Paris Match staff during the Magnum meeting at the Trianon. Paris, France. 1958. © Magnum Photos
Magnum members, in New York for their Annual General Meeting, being interviewed by Arlene Francis for "Home", the NBC daytime TV program that she hosted. Erich Hartmann, Inge Morath, Ernst Haas, D (...)

Last year’s AGM was hosted in London, with the agency welcoming four new full members: Gregory Halpern, Nanna Heitmann, Lúa Ribeira and Rafał Milach. Zied Ben Romdhane moved up to become an associate member.

Magnum Photos AGM. Group portrait taken by Olivia Arthur with an old view camera. Photographer Nanna Heitmann photographs the photographer. London, England. 2023. © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos
Magnum photographers during the annual meeting. London, England. June 29, 2023. © Olivia Arthur / Magnum Photos

Magnum celebrated its 65th anniversary during the AGM in Arles in 2012. Now, 12 years later, Magnum returns to the city for its 77th annual meeting.

Magnum's annual meeting. US photographer Eve Arnold (middle). London, England. 2000. © Nikos Economopoulos
Magnum Annual General Meeting. London, England. 2009. © Chien-Chi Chang
The annual meeting of the Magnum Photos agency members. 1980s. © Jean Gaumy / Magnum Photos
Magnum annual meeting in June. Joseph Koudelka being photographed by Jim Goldberg, Dennis Stock and Guy Le Querrec. Paris, France. 2008. © Patrick Zachmann / Magnum Photos
Rene Burri, Eli Reed and Eugene Richards at a Magnum meeting. Paris, France. 1993. © Burt Glinn / Magnum Photos
Group picture of the photographers present at the 74th Annual General Meeting of Magnum Photos, in front of the new office and gallery space, 68 Rue Leon Frot. Paris, France. September 2021. © Oli (...)
At the Annual General Meeting, Magnum photographer Abbas adjusts playfully a hairdresser helmet on Elliott Erwitt while Chris Steele-Perkins watches. Paris, France. 1996. © Ferdinando Scianna / Mag (...)
Magnum Photos annual meeting. Burt Glinn speaking. New York City, USA. 1987. © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photo
Magnum Annual General Meeting. Left to right: David Hurn, Philip Jones Griffiths, Bruno Barbey, Richard Kalvar, René Burri and Josef Koudelka. Paris, France. 1980. © Raymond Depardon / Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos annual meeting. 20 rue des Grands Augustins. 75006. Paris, France. 1978. © Guy Le Querrec / Magnum Photos
Newsha Tavakolian and Martin Parr at the Magnum retreat. Trouville, France. 2016. © Abbas / Magnum Photos
Magnum Annual General Meeting. New York City, USA. 2010. Patrick Zachmann / Magnum Photos
Magnum 60th Anniversary at the Museum of Modern Art. French photographer Martine Franck making a speech. In the foreground, on the left of Magnum Founders' portraits: American photographer Burt Gl (...)
Elliott Erwitt during Magnum annual meeting. New York City, USA. 2007. © Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos
Magnum photographers during the annual meeting. Back row (standing): Paul Fusco, Raymond Depardon, Leonard Freed, Peter Marlow Middle row (standing): Ian Berry, Steve McCurry, Abbas, Inge Morath, (...)

Announcements about new members, associate members, and nominees will be posted in the week following this year’s AGM.

To learn more about Magnum’s public programming during the AGM in Arles and how to attend, see here.

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