Past Exhibition

70 years of Magnum at The Guardian and The Observer

Archive images and tear sheets illustrate the evolution of the printed photo story

Paul Fusco Robert Kennedy funeral train. USA. 1968. © Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos
Peter Marlow Riots following the deaths of two Catholic teenagers who were accidentally killed by British Army troops who drove into a group of rioters hurling petrol bombs. The rioters throw rocks and petrol b (...)
Peter Marlow Feature on rioting in Northern Ireland for Guardian Weekend Magazine. Published 1993. © Peter Marlow | Magnum Photos
Jérôme Sessini The Guardian G2 magazine. 29th December 2014. © Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden The Guardian Weekend magazine. 27 November 2010. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas TEARSHEETS. Weekend Guardian. 17-18 Feb. 1990 © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr The Guardian Weekend Magazine. 10 Cities. 2008 © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr Guardian City Project. Published by The Guardian. 2008. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos

Drawn from archival holdings, this exhibition revisits some of the Guardian’s and The Observer’s most distinctive Magnum commissions. It includes a 1948 vintage print of Picasso and his son, Claude, taken by Robert Capa, and Philip Jones Griffiths’ series about the 1960 Ban the Bomb march from Aldermaston to Trafalgar Square.

The archival material illustrates the evolution of the standalone picture-story, a Fleet Street stable since the introduction of photography in the early 20th century. In the 1960s, the full- and half-page photo essay migrated from the broadsheet to the newly introduced colour supplements where it often extended over several spreads. In an era when the photograph has become ubiquitous, it is hardly a surprise that the photo essay has declined in print media. The Guardian’s daily Eyewitness is one of the very few instances where the power of the individual image is celebrated in a conscious, backward nod to the glory days of Fleet Street.

In addition to the material from the GNM archive, the exhibition draws on Magnum’s own collections and includes prints from stories made for the Guardian and The Observer that were not selected by picture editors at the time.

The exhibition is curated by Robin Christian.

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