Past Exhibition

As They See Us: A Portrait of Russia

An exhibition brings together 265 images by 39 Magnum photographers to create a vision of the country

Carl De Keyzer Russia. Leningrad. St Petersburg. Peter and Paul Fortress. Neva River. USSR - Homo Sovieticus Days of Glasnost and Perestroika. 1 year in the former Soviet Union. 1988-1989. © Carl De Keyzer - (...)

Please note: the offline exhibition of As They See Us: A Portrait of Russia at Manege Central Exhibition Hall has now concluded. You can experience a 3D tour of the show online on Manege’s website here.

Manege has spearheaded an initiative to put together a completely new cultural project focusing on Russia, using the archives of Magnum Photos and the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Covering the period from 1947 to 2020, the exhibition provides an insight into the USSR/Russia through the work of legendary documentary photographers such as Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Eve Arnold, Thomas Dworzak and others. In total, the exhibition will feature 265 images by 39 photographers, most of which will be on public display for the first time.

Elliott Erwitt RUSSIA. Siberia. Bratsk. 1967. © Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos
Jonas Bendiksen RUSSIA. Krasnoyarsk Territory. 2015. Followers of Vissarion arrive in the innermost Vissarionite village of Obitel Rassveta during a Christmas pilgrimage. For them Christmas is January 14th, the bi (...)
Steve McCurry RUSSIA. Moscow, Rybinsk. March, 2015. © Steve McCurry | Magnum Photos
Thomas Hoepker RUSSIA. Moscow. People in Red Square. 1965. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak RUSSIA. Chechnya. Tzotzin-Yurt. Chechens celebrate a victory over the Russian army at a graveyard where the fallen of several Caucasian wars have been buried. September 1996. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

The exhibition ends with a new project by Nanna Heitmann, called Just Stand and Look. Dedicated to the doctors and patients of Hospital 52 in Moscow, the project represents the current year as viewed through the lens of Magnum Photos.

As They See Us. A Portrait of Russia by the Magnum Agency will also see a range of online events taking place with photographers Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Bruno Barbey, Stuart Franklin, Dworzak, and Heitmann. This complementary programme is being run in partnership with the Institut Français de Russie.

In addition, the exhibition’s educational programme will feature screenings of documentaries about the agency, which will take place both online and in a specially created cinema space on the upper floor.

This exhibition has been organized in cooperation with Magnum Photos, jointly with the curator and photo historian Nina Gomiashvili.

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Thomas Hoepker RUSSIA, Moscow. 1996. Workers install Yeltsin election posters next to the Red Square, near St. Basil Cathedral. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert RUSSIA. Moscow. 9th of May Victory Day celebrations. 1989 © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography USSR. Moscow. 1947. Visitors at Red Square. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Carl De Keyzer Camp 27.


Honeymoon room.

Prison camps. Former Goelags.

Krasnoyarsk region.



Project "Zona".

© Carl De Keyzer - Magnum © Carl De Keyzer | Magnum Photos
Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography USSR. Russia. Moscow. The Bolshoi Ballet School. Practicing positions. 1958. © Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
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