Open for Business
Magnum photographers explore and document the success stories, large and small, that reflect Britain’s changing industrial and cultural heritage in the wake of increasing pressure from globalization
In 2013, Multistory and Magnum Photos commissioned nine of the world’s leading photographers to document contemporary British manufacturing. During a period of great economic instability, and where questions are being raised about the strength of western economies within the worldwide market, there has never been a more relevant time to explore the condition of Britain’s manufacturing future.
During a period of significant economic instability, and where questions are being raised about the strength of western economies within the worldwide market, there has never been a more relevant time to explore the condition of Britain’s manufacturing future.
The photographs demonstrate the wider impact globalization has had on production and process. Magnum’s UK photographers, Stuart Franklin, David Hurn, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power and Chris Steele-Perkins, alongside three international photographers Alessandra Sanguinetti (Argentina), Bruce Gilden (America) and Jonas Bendiksen (Norway) have visited over one hundred workplaces across the UK ranging from one-man businesses to FTSE 100 companies.
Their photographs take us from traditional, handmade crafts to modern, intelligent automation; from foundries and assembly lines to research laboratories and high-tech cleanrooms, showing an economic sector of extraordinary resistance and diversity.
The work was presented in a touring exhibition, giveaway newspaper, film interviews with the photographers and a website: Open For Business