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Crossings: The Magnum Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture

Perspectives on transition and transformation are explored by over 120 leading lens-based artists, with signed or estate-stamped 6x6" inch prints available for $100, for 5 days only

Carolyn Drake “I made this picture in 2016, on the north arm of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This part of the lake stopped receiving fresh water over 50 years ago, when the Southern Pacific Railroad built a caus (...)

“The border I’m most interested in crossing is the one between ordinary life and dreams,” writes Alec Soth in the short text that accompanies his submission to ‘Crossings’, the November 2018 Magnum Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture.

The sale, which makes available a curation of over 100 images by international artists, explores perspectives on passages, transitions and transformations in photography. View the full selection in the slideshow below.

A. Abbas A bull’s head after slaughter, a hungry dog, a hat on a pole. San Agustín Oapan, Guerrero, Mexico. 1983.“After two years of convulsion, I could well see that the waves of the Islamic revolution (...)
Christopher Anderson Charles de Gaulle Airport. France. 2018.“I crossed the Sahara desert on a dump truck with migrants; I tried to cross the Caribbean with 44 Haitians who were trying to make it to America (we sank) (...)
Antoine d’ Agata Vilnius, Lithuania. 2004.“Strolling back and forth in a world where commodities are the ultimate reality, crisscrossing at the rhythm of unexpected events and imperatives related to the urgency (...)
Malala Andrialavidrazana Figures 1886, Voyages autour du Monde. 2018."This image comes from my ongoing series 'Figures,' which aims to remove the borders of meaning around specific imagery to inspire cross-cultural assoc (...)
Eve Arnold Horse training for the militia. Mongolia. 1979.“In 1979, [Eve Arnold] took two three-month trips to [China], crisscrossing her way through 40,000 miles and capturing extraordinary slices of daily (...)
Olivia Arthur Mumbai, India. 2016.“I photographed Nikhil for my project ‘In Private, Bombay,’ an exploration of privacy, sexuality and the changing atmosphere in the city of Mumbai. It was the second time (...)
Micha Bar-Am Tzrifin. Israel. 1973.“Sarafand was a British Army base during World War II and became a major complex for the Israeli Defense Forces in 1948. It included Bahad 12, which was the main training c (...)
Bruno Barbey Hands, a symbol of good luck, on a wall in Essaouira, Morocco. 1985. This image was on the cover of the National Geographic centenary issue in July 1988, as well as on the cover of Maroc (2003), wh (...)
Jonas Bendiksen People waiting for the morning bus in the freezing Siberian winter. Birobidzhan, Russia. 1999.“I made this image during my nine-month stay in the small town of Birobidzhan in the late ’90s. This (...)
Ian Berry Back-to-back houses built for colliery workers at a time when the mines were thriving and almost all the men in the village worked in them. Ashington, Northumberland, Great Britain. 1974.“I was (...)
Werner Bischof New York City, USA. 1953.“Werner Bischof traveled on the luxury steamboat Liberté from Le Havre, France, to North America via Southampton in Great Britain.He arrived on September 14, 1953 in (...)
Matt Black Riders near Cherry Creek, South Dakota, USA. 2016.“Temperatures dip into the negative 50s as riders from the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge reservations cross the Dakotas each Dece (...)
Kwame Brathwaite Untitled (Sikolo with Carolee Prince Designs). 1968."This is a picture of Sikolo Brathwaite, my wife and muse. The headpiece, inspired by South African beadwork, was designed by Carolee Prince, w (...)
Rene Burri The Ministry of Health building, designed by architect Lúcio Costa's team, including Oscar Niemeyer. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 1960.“Go and discover for yourself, because the fantastic thing about (...)
Enri Canaj Girl in the park. Athens, Greece. 2011.“Ending up in the same place, but feeling it’s a new one … There is something new, we don’t know it, but it knows us, it comes toward us. It might be luck, (...)
Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography Young woman being shot out of a cannon as a human cannonball at a circus. Texas, USA. 1947."I have been interested in photographing the everyday life of my fellow humans and the commonplace spec (...)
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day. Normandy, France. June 6, 1944.“The water was cold, and the beach still more than a hundred yards away. The bullets tore holes in the water around (...)
Chien-Chi Chang A newly arrived immigrant eats noodles on a fire escape. New York City, USA. 1998.“Humans need to hold hope in their hands. This man was willing to live in poverty in hope of prosperity, to sacri (...)
Ernest Cole A segregated bridge at Pretoria railway station. Pretoria, South Africa. Circa mid-1960s.“The infectious spread of apartheid into the smallest detail of daily living has made South Africa a land (...)
Sharon Core Melons and Morning Glories. From the series, "Early American." 2008."'Melons and Morning Glories' is an image from a series of photographs that explores the still life paintings of early 19th ce (...)
Bruce Davidson Back seat of a car. From the series, “Brooklyn Gang.” New York City, USA. 1959."You’re looking at Lefty and his girlfriend, members of a Brooklyn gang who referred to themselves as ‘The Jokers,’ (...)
Carl De Keyzer Paektu Mountain, Ryanggang Province, North Korea. September 18, 2015.“The Paektu Mountain is one of the most sacred places in the DPRK. It's also called 'the sacred mountain of the revolution.’ M (...)
Cristina de Middel Itakiti. From the series, “This is What Hatred Did.” 2014.“My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954), by Amos Tutuola, is about the nightmare of a child who is lost in a jungle full of ghosts and spir (...)
Bieke Depoorter From the series, “Agata.” Paris, France. 2017.“October 2017: I wandered around at night in Paris, looking for someone I might feel drawn to and inspired by, someone that could help me translate (...)
Eamonn Doyle O'Connell Bridge. Dublin, Ireland. 2014."This image, like many of my other street photographs, was taken on O'Connell Bridge in Dublin. One of the widest bridges in Europe, it is the main transit (...)
Carolyn Drake “I made this picture in 2016, on the north arm of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. This part of the lake stopped receiving fresh water over 50 years ago, when the Southern Pacific Railroad built a caus (...)
Doug Dubois Sweeny jumps into Cork Harbour. Cobh, Ireland. 2012."When the global economic boom went bust in 2008, Ireland was the first state in the Eurozone to officially enter a recession. By 2009, claims (...)
Merlyn. Otis, Colorado, USA. 2011."On and after September 11, 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed close to a hundred search dogs along with their handlers–from a networ (...)
Thomas Dworzak Memorial for a dead Russian soldier. Republic of Dagestan, Russia. July 2000.“According to legend, when God created the world he had a grain of pepper for every nation in his palm. Passing over (...)
Nikos Economopoulos A Somali refugee in a Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) camp. Yemen. 1992.“Journeys are sometimes fueled by hope as well as despair. They necessitate looking forward no matter wh (...)
Mary Ellen Mark Hippopotamus and Performer, Great Rayman Circus. Madras, India. 1989."Photographing the Indian circus was one of the most beautiful, joyous, and special times of my career. I was allowed to docum (...)
Elliott Erwitt Third Avenue El. New York, USA. 1955.“In the early 50s, the boy could have a private view of Manhattan from the elevated Third Ave El train for only a dime.With the passage of time, the fare (...)
Stuart Franklin Fish and chips. Manchester, England. 1986.“This photograph was taken in a housing estate in Moss Side, just south of inner city Manchester, England. I had been commissioned to document the chall (...)
Leonard Freed Youth in park. West Berlin, Germany. 1965.“We were in the Tiergarten park, my parents and I, there were all these people just hanging out in there: couples kissing, mixing, joking around. Berlin (...)
Paul Fusco Cesar Chavez. California, USA. 1966."‘Across the San Joaquin Valley, across California, across the entire nation, wherever there are injustices against men and women and children who work in the (...)
Phyllis Galembo Ano Women's Masquerade. Nigeria. 2004."Ano Women's Masquerade' was photographed at the base of a sacred cotton silk wood tree in a village in Nigeria. Although masquerade is predominantly male pr (...)
Cristina Garcia Rodero Kumbha Mela sacred festival. Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. 2007.“The ritual bathing during the celebration of the Kumbha Mela in Allahabad takes place at the ‘Triveni Sangam,’ the crossing of (...)
Jean Gaumy Normandy, France. 1981.“As he reached the snowy shore, the only thing he could do now was to walk along the edge of the gray waters. He was at a crossroads of time, like the characters in Cormac (...)
Burt Glinn Hyde Park Corner. London, England. 1964.“Burt was a member of the Reform Club, a fine dining and residential private club on London’s Pall Mall. Staying at the club was like being in a time mach (...)
Jim Goldberg Dave Making Muscles for Heather. From the series, “Raised by Wolves.” Hollywood, California. 1988.“I met Tweeky Dave on the streets of Hollywood in 1988 when I began working on ‘Raised by Wolves (...)
Nan Goldin Drugs on the Rug. New York City, USA. 2016."I was addicted to OxyContin for four years. I overdosed but I came back. I decided to make the personal political. I've started a group called P.A.I.N. (...)
Ethan James Green Three Boys in Maheshwar. India. 2018."I started a series documenting men's style around the world, and my first stop was India. This portrait was taken in the temple square in Maheshwar, busy dur (...)
Yann Gross Tatiana and Belene. From the series, "Venus & Furs." 2011."When the Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, France, contacted me to collaborate on a series, I had absolutely no idea about (...)
Bob Gruen The Clash. New York City, USA. 1982."In 1982 when the Clash opened for the Who at Shea Stadium they rented a 1959 Cadillac Eldorado convertible to take them there. I was driving my Rambler conver (...)
Harry Gruyaert Crossing in the Ginza district. Tokyo, Japan. 1996.“Since my first trip to Tokyo in 1996, I have always been fascinated by Japan; it’s so different from China or Korea. The attitude of the people (...)
Gregory Halpern Untitled. Buffalo, New York, USA. 2015.“I made this picture not far from where I grew up, in Buffalo, New York. I suppose the pictures that generally sustain my interest are the ones that have s (...)
Erich Hartmann Laser light "writing" on wall of empty room. New York City, USA. 1977.“Erich saw pictures everywhere; he was never without a camera and was always experimenting with what the camera and light co (...)
David Alan Harvey Rapa das Bestas (Capture of the Beasts). Galicia, Spain. 1977.“In the scrub, brush and rocky hillsides of Galicia, Spain, these horses are gathered annually to have their manes cut so that they (...)
Tim Hetherington Greenville, Liberia. September 2005.“September 2005, near the port of Greenville: A fisherman sails past one of the many shipwrecks scattered along Liberia’s coastline. The ship was abandoned in (...)
Todd Hido Untitled, #11669-1778. 2016."This is a relatively recent image published in Intimate Distance (2016). I shot it in Denver, which is one of my go-to stomping grounds. I have lived in California fo (...)
Thomas Hoepker Two boys in rural Portugal. 1964.“I have always considered myself a photojournalist, a journalist who communicates ideas, observations, and opinions through photographs. As such, I often wander b (...)
Sohrab Hura Shade. Madhya Pradesh, India. 2013.“The higher he climbed up the branches the more he turned into the tree himself. The grand old tree, the last remaining vestige of what was once a sea of trees (...)
David Hurn The Beatles in EMI Recording Studios, later renamed Abbey Road Studios. London, England. 1964.“In 1964, I was asked by a friend, who was about to direct the first Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night (...)
Mahtab Hussain St. George's Cross, Union Jack and Two Asians. 2010."The United Kingdom, a union of nations forged centuries ago, and British identity too, is currently in a state of confusion as Brexit threaten (...)
Graciela Iturbide Pájaros en el poste, carretera a Guanajuato (Birds on the post, highway to Guanajuato). Mexico. 1990."I was in my car on the highway to Guanajuato, and suddenly I saw this flock of birds. I love (...)
Nico Krijno Mignonne from Above. 2013."This is a photograph of my wife on her birthday in the spring. We were visiting someone's house, a big mansion out in the country, having a picnic beside a lake. While (...)
Hiroji Kubota Herding Ducks. Nanchang, Jiangxi, China. 1983.“Ducks are kept throughout the Chinese countryside. Duck farming flourishes in the district around Nanchang, near Poyang Lake. In those days of the (...)
Justine Kurland Tonguing BQE. 1997."The first condition of freedom is the ability to move at will, and sometimes that means getting into a car rather than getting out of one. It's difficult to describe the joy (...)
Guy Le Querrec Horse race on the Kernic Bay. Plouescat, Brittany, France. Sunday, August 5, 1973.“Small homage, with a wink toward Jacques Tati. Even if you look attentively at this photo, taken on Sunday, Aug (...)
Herbert List Attica, Greece. 1937.“Two tables seemingly leaning against each other, like a couple in love looking out onto the open sea. The symbolic couple fascinated List. It was code for something that Li (...)
Constantine Manos Woman on a dock. Heraklion, Crete, Greece. 1962.“For those of us who know and love Greece, this picture tells a familiar tale of crossing great bodies of water in search of a better life. In 1962 (...)
Diana Markosian Over the Rainbow. Cuba. 2018.“The street is silent. It leaves room for the sound of the rain beating down on the ground. I am in the outskirts of Havana, in a neighborhood so far away most don't (...)
Peter Marlow Geneva, Switzerland. November 19, 1985.“A summit meeting between Ronald Reagan, President of the USA, and Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR–this was the first time (...)
Martin Parr Ferry between Helsinki and Stockholm. 1991.“In the early 80s, I was teaching in Helsinki and would often go to Stockholm for the weekend on the ferry. This would involve buying cheap alcohol and (...)
Steve McCurry Procession of nuns. Yangon, Myanmar. 1994.“I asked a group of Buddhist nuns if I could follow them as they carried their alms bowls during their rounds through the streets of Yangon, Myanmar. The (...)
Susan Meiselas From the series “Volunteers of America.” Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA. 1977.“In 1977, I followed the men who performed as Santa Claus to raise funds for the Volunteers of America. They were (...)
Lorenzo Meloni A view of the Mediterranean Sea from a SASEMAR search and rescue helicopter. Spain. August 2018.“Thus far in 2018, more than 1500 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach anoth (...)
Joel Meyerowitz New York City. 1965."A girl on a Vespa on her way to 'who knows where,' when the light stopped her at the 72nd street crossing near the Dakota, where John Lennon would one day cross paths with hi (...)
Duane Michals NYOUW . 2018."I once knew,A cross-eyed crossing guard who,Had no way of knowing,Traffic's coming or going,He ran out of luck,When hit by a truck,And over a bus he flew!"- (...)
Rafal Milach Sonar. From the series, “Marine Acoustics Lab.” Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Sopot, Poland. May 16, 2017.“The mapping of the Baltic seabed takes place with no use of (...)
Wayne Miller A drive-in theater between Flora and the village of Louisville. Illinois, USA. 1960."Wayne's camera appears to be inexhaustible as it goes from life to life–abruptly leaving one door to arrive a (...)
Tyler Mitchell Untitled (Twins). Brooklyn, USA. 2016."This image was shot in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. I set out with an image in my head of black masculine freedom emanating from the pictures. And specifi (...)
Inge Morath The poet Joseph Brodsky on the roof of the Peter and Paul Fortress, a former prison. Leningrad, Russia. 1967.“Two days later we meet again; Brodsky insists we see more of his beloved city. We cl (...)
Abelardo Morell Eclipses on Wood. Newton, Massachusetts, USA. August 21, 2017."For a very long time, my work has dealt with the investigation of how light is shaped by optical instruments. This picture, which I (...)
The Former Steel Town of Consett: Couple Crossing Railway Lines. Consett, England. 1975."In the 1960s and '70s, Northern England faced great hardships of poverty and unemployment, as manufacturin (...)
Paul Mpagi Sepuya Mirror Study Excerpt (0X5A7457). 2018."This image comes from a body of work related to 'Mirror Studies.' The suggestive and overlapping meanings in the term 'darkroom' lie at the center of my cur (...)
Vik Muniz Jetliner. From the series 'Postcards from Nowhere.' 2014.‘Postcards from Nowhere’ is a series about how we have learned to deal with places we are not at, have never been, nor wished to be, throu (...)
Home Ruins, Puerto Rico: Paradise Ruined. Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2017."This photograph, from December 2017, was taken with the intention to investigate, document and assess the conditions of (...)
Erwin Olaf Vogue, Still Life with Triteleia. 2018."In recent years, I have been studying the connection between form and emotion. What does a still life mean to me when lines mix the beauty of flowers, or w (...)
Catherine Opie From Here to There. 2009."In 2009, I went on a 10-day journey from the Port of Busan, South Korea, to the Port of Long Beach, California, on a Hanjin container ship. The ship was perhaps the most (...)
Emin Özmen Suruç, Turkey. September 2014.“Like every other day over the weeks before, Syrian refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border, while their families remain in Kobanî. In September 2014, ISIS bega (...)
Trent Parke Cockatoo in the backyard of my childhood home. Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia. 2011.“I took my first photograph in the backyard of my childhood home when I was around 13-years-old. I had no idea at (...)
Paolo Pellegrin Playing football in an empty swimming pool on a hill surrounding Kabul. Afghanistan. June 2006.“I see photography as a bridge between subject and viewer. Like an extended hand, or the beginning (...)
Gilles Peress Evacuation of Sephardic Jews from Sarajevo. 1993.“Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, rather than ‘The End of History’ as described by Francis Fukuyama, we find ourselves in an historical period w (...)
Matthew Pillsbury Total Eclipse. Jackson, Wyoming, USA. Tuesday, August 21, 2017, 11:36 a.m."When I first heard of the 2017 eclipse that would cross the USA, I knew I had to photograph it. I love old pictures of (...)
Gueorgui Pinkhassov “The polarity of a window glassLends the possibility of seeing both ways.The reflection yields to observation, which bears the restBut what is the starting point?The birth of matter, (...)
Mark Power Harlan, Kentucky, USA. December, 2015.“Harlan was once a thriving coal-mining town, but pit closures began in the 1950s, accompanied by a steady decline in the population. It became a target f (...)
Raghu Rai Among the deities. Hooghly, Kolkata. 1990.“After Goddess Durga's Visarjan (Immersion) in the Ganga, when the celebrations are over, some of these statues­–half damaged and yet looking strangely (...)
Eli Reed Aretha Franklin at the Lincoln Memorial. Washington D.C., USA. January 17, 1993.“I was in Washington for Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, when I met Aretha for the second time. (I had met he (...)
Richard Renaldi David and Chico. Brossard, Canada. 1995."I spent three lively but turbulent years in a long-distance relationship with a handsome Canadian boy who worked as a go-go dancer in gay nightclubs in Mo (...)
Lua Ribeira Dinah dancing at home. London, England. 2015.“This image is part of ‘Noises in the Blood’ (2015-17), a series that explores Jamaican dancehall culture in the United Kingdom, by focusing particul (...)
Mick Rock David Bowie, Life on Mars. 1973."David Bowie asked me to shoot a video for 'Life on Mars?' in 1973, for its release as a single, 18 months after it was first released on the album Hunky Dory. I p (...)
George Rodger Line of Bari women. Sudan, Africa. 1954.""Their itinerary was unplanned; Rodger's aim was to find settlements remote from colonial ‘civilization.’ It was in southern Sudan that he came closest to (...)
Stefan Ruiz Chuey. Monterrey, Mexico. 2011.“This picture is from a series of portraits of ‘Cholombianos,’ a subculture in Monterrey, Mexico. The name references Colombia, because of the members’ deep love fo (...)
Moises Saman Cairo, Egypt. January 2013.“I took this photograph around the corner from my old apartment in Cairo. It was 2013, during the second anniversary of the Revolution, and the area around Tahrir Squa (...)
Alessandra Sanguinetti Belinda de Gaucho. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1998.“Back in 1998 when I started taking pictures of Belinda and Guillermina, I asked Belinda what she thought she would have been like had she been (...)
Jérôme Sessini Border of Tunisia and Libya. Ras Ajdir, Tunisia. February 26, 2011.“Workers, mostly Egyptians and Tunisians, are fleeing Libya as the war has started. A crossing that precipitates uncertainty: T (...)
David Seymour Pablo Picasso in front of his painting, “Guernica.” Paris, France. 1937.“Picasso exemplified the rule-breaking, boundary-crossing spirit of 20th century art. He knew the traditions of figurative (...)
Stephen Shames Black Panther Party. Panthers on Parade. Black Panthers line up at a Free Huey rally in DeFremery Park, in West Oakland's ghetto. Oakland, California. 1968."I started hanging out with the Panther (...)
Stephen Shore Bridger Canyon. Bozeman, Montana. July 17, 2018.

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Marilyn Silverstone Traffic on the river. Ettumanoor, Kerala, India. 1959.“While on assignment in Ettumanoor, India, Marilyn explored how the local people made their livelihood: in the fields, on the river, and so (...)
Lindokuhle Sobekwa Thokoza, outskirts of Johannesburg. South Africa. 2016.“Growing up I was constantly moving around. On the day this photo was taken, what I had called home for some time burnt to ashes. Our lives (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol Bangkok, Thailand. 2008.“I go outside to photograph, 10 hours a day for three months. I know no one in the city. It becomes a project about the passing encounters I have with people on these long (...)
Alec Soth Del Rio, Texas, USA. 2011.“‘A fissured, empty, almost lunar landscape–seen from a bird’s-eye view. The camera hovers over it.’ So begins Sam Shepard’s script for one of my all-time favorite films (...)
Pete Souza Million Man March. Washington, D.C. 1995."I had covered numerous protests and rallies on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. But the Million Man March surpassed all of those as an unforgettable (...)
Chris Steele-Perkins Jordan. 1990.“This picture was taken following the start of the Gulf War, in the Sha-Allah One Camp. Refugees from Iraq are in the desert, bordering Iraq and Jordan. We see them engulfed in a san (...)
Dennis Stock New York City, USA. 1950."I have been privileged to view much of life through my cameras, making the journey an enlightened experience. My emphasis has mainly been on affirmative reactions to hu (...)
Mikhael Subotzky Macio and Westpoint. Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. 2005.“One of my all time favorite lines in a song is, ‘you know my love goes with you as your love stays with me, it's just the way it cha (...)
Larry Sultan Meander, Corte Madera. From the series, "Homeland." California, USA. 2006."For the past two years, I have been hiring day laborers as actors in the landscape photographs I make on the outski (...)
Newsha Tavakolian Iran. 2016.“An empty building on a hill and abandoned boats are all that remain at Rahmanlu Port in Ajab Shir County, in East Azerbaijan province. Historically, Rahmanlu was a popular resort not (...)
Deanna Templeton Surfer Doing a Headstand. Huntington Beach, California, USA. 2013."I've been shooting in my hometown for over 15 years now. Almost every day I take a walk on the pier to exercise my body and to s (...)
Ed Templeton Lance Jr., Drainage Tunnel. 2001."This is a photograph of my young friend Lance Jr. crossing through a drainage tunnel on the way to a skateboarding spot. I watched Lance grow up from the time he (...)
Larry Towell Mennonite Farmland. Chihuahua, Mexico. 1997.“The story of the Mennonites is a story of migration. The Old Colony migrated to Canada in the late 19th century after fleeing persecution in Europe, a (...)
Arthur Tress Woman with Binocular Viewers. San Francisco, USA. 1964."This picture was taken during a six-month visit to San Francisco at the age of 23, at a time when the city was a pivot of cross-cultural cu (...)
Peter van Agtmael A flower seller. Srinagar, Kashmir, India. 2018.“Sometimes photography gives you no time to think. That can be a relief, and an escape. Other times it’s more meditative. The slow crossing of this (...)
Paolo Ventura Behind the Walls #06. 2011."Traveling musicians passed through the streets of the city where I lived between Christmas and New Year's Eve when I was a child in the mid '70s. We ran to the balcony (...)
Alex Webb Tijuana, Mexico. 1995.“I’ve long been fascinated by the transience and paradoxes of the U.S.-Mexico border. Between 1975 and 2001, I crossed the border numerous times, photographing this unique r (...)
William Wegman Touching. 1991."In this photo I positioned my dog, Bobbin, on a white cube pointing left. The film was exposed but not processed. I then positioned the same dog on the same cube pointing right. T (...)
James Welling 1538. 2016."'1538, 2016' is from 'Choreograph,' a group of intensely colored photographs that I created using dance imagery and multiple exposures. In this photograph, three different black and w (...)
Sim Chi Yin From the series, "Shifting Sands." Malaysia. 2017.“Windblown or washed up over millennia, sand is ubiquitous. Whether inside an hourglass or as an idiom, it often refers to the passage of time. I (...)
Patrick Zachmann Cambodia. 2002.“I took this picture in Cambodia, between Battambang and Phnom Penh, while I was working on the story, ‘Southeast Asia by Train’ for a special issue of Time Asia Magazine. I rode (...)

While it is only the second time that the two organisations have joined forces on the Square Print Sale, Magnum Photos and Aperture Foundation in fact have a long-standing, shared history, spanning many collaborations on publications and events through the decades. In ‘Crossings,’ a roster of artists published by Aperture has been invited to participate in exploring a visual theme alongside Magnum’s own photographers, resulting in a vast and diverse curation that encompasses both classic and contemporary artistic practices.

The project creates an unprecedented visual dialogue between 122 singular authors, spanning depictions of physical crossings – roads, rivers, borders, oceans – and the personal crossings that manifest in growth, revolt, evolution and self-realisation, the voyages of the mind that have the power to spark change and transformation.

Trent Parke Cockatoo in the backyard of my childhood home. Newcastle, N.S.W., Australia. 2011.“I took my first photograph in the backyard of my childhood home when I was around 13-years-old. I had no idea at (...)

“I took my first photograph in the backyard of my childhood home when I was around 13 years old. I had no idea at that moment in time that I would spend a lifetime taking photographs, or that photography would take me on a journey around the world,” writes Trent Park. He continues, “I had to travel away from home to make an important discovery … that the formative years, the place where it all started, is what interests me most. It is in those childhood years where one’s life is shaped, by memory, emotion, imagination and endless possibilities.”

A photographic career is often made up of such crossings: “I crossed the Sahara desert on a dump truck with migrants; I tried to cross the Caribbean with 44 Haitians who were trying to make it to America (we sank). I have crossed my fingers and I have crossed lines, but my favorite crossing remains the threshold of my home,” says Christopher Anderson.

Christopher Anderson Charles de Gaulle Airport. France. 2018.“I crossed the Sahara desert on a dump truck with migrants; I tried to cross the Caribbean with 44 Haitians who were trying to make it to America (we sank) (...)
Todd Hido Untitled, #11669-1778. 2016."This is a relatively recent image published in Intimate Distance (2016). I shot it in Denver, which is one of my go-to stomping grounds. I have lived in California fo (...)
Emin Özmen Suruç, Turkey. September 2014.“Like every other day over the weeks before, Syrian refugees wait near the Turkish-Syrian border, while their families remain in Kobanî. In September 2014, ISIS bega (...)
Nikos Economopoulos A Somali refugee in a Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) camp. Yemen. 1992.“Journeys are sometimes fueled by hope as well as despair. They necessitate looking forward no matter wh (...)
Chris Steele-Perkins Jordan. 1990.“This picture was taken following the start of the Gulf War, in the Sha-Allah One Camp. Refugees from Iraq are in the desert, bordering Iraq and Jordan. We see them engulfed in a san (...)
Alec Soth Del Rio, Texas, USA. 2011.“‘A fissured, empty, almost lunar landscape–seen from a bird’s-eye view. The camera hovers over it.’ So begins Sam Shepard’s script for one of my all-time favorite films (...)

Shared themes emerge across the images, from an examination of contemporary shifts in our understanding of selfhood and identity, to more macroscopic topics such as migration. “Journeys are sometimes fuelled by hope as well as despair. They necessitate looking forward no matter what obstacles lie ahead, because there’s no looking back. These sorts of crossings entail a point of no return,” writes Nikos Economopoulos.

‘Crossings’ asks both literal and metaphorical questions about the human ability to move, transform and build connections through visual practice.

Todd Hido addresses “the theme of Crossings in the most basic manner: I bring together exact opposites on the color wheel, red and green, warm and cool.”

 

Martin Parr Ferry between Helsinki and Stockholm. 1991.“In the early 80s, I was teaching in Helsinki and would often go to Stockholm for the weekend on the ferry. This would involve buying cheap alcohol and (...)
Joel Meyerowitz New York City. 1965."A girl on a Vespa on her way to 'who knows where,' when the light stopped her at the 72nd street crossing near the Dakota, where John Lennon would one day cross paths with hi (...)
Duane Michals NYOUW . 2018."I once knew,A cross-eyed crossing guard who,Had no way of knowing,Traffic's coming or going,He ran out of luck,When hit by a truck,And over a bus he flew!"- (...)

Artists including Joel Meyerowitz, René Burri, Martin Parr, Duane Michals, and Eamonn Doyle photograph at or on literal crossings: bridges, ferries, red lights. “A girl on a Vespa on her way to ‘who knows where,’ when the light stopped her at the 72nd street crossing near the Dakota, where John Lennon would one day cross paths with his fate. She takes this moment to finesse a fingernail before she resumes her downtown journey, while I, stopping at the same crossing, but on foot, leap into the street to capture this vision of a dream girl before time takes her on her way,” writes Joel Meyerowitz.

Catherine Opie From Here to There. 2009."In 2009, I went on a 10-day journey from the Port of Busan, South Korea, to the Port of Long Beach, California, on a Hanjin container ship. The ship was perhaps the most (...)

Catherine Opie’s work, From Here to There (2009), sees her create work while traveling on a container ship, where her physical passage from one place to another was marked by the passage of time. “In 2009, I went on a 10-day journey from the Port of Busan, South Korea, to the Port of Long Beach, California, on a Hanjin container ship. The ship was perhaps the most abstract space I’ve ever occupied, a mass transportation of goods in the ethereal light of the sea. I kept track of time with my daily diligence of photographing sunrises and sunsets, waiting and watching from darkness to lightness, then lightness to darkness. This photograph is a sunrise that centers the ship sailing into the horizon. This ever-present horizon can be seen as a transitional space that we move toward and through, but mathematically, based on the ship’s height, is always 12 miles away until shore is reached.”

Larry Towell Mennonite Farmland. Chihuahua, Mexico. 1997.“The story of the Mennonites is a story of migration. The Old Colony migrated to Canada in the late 19th century after fleeing persecution in Europe, a (...)
Leonard Freed Youth in park. West Berlin, Germany. 1965.“We were in the Tiergarten park, my parents and I, there were all these people just hanging out in there: couples kissing, mixing, joking around. Berlin (...)
Herbert List Attica, Greece. 1937.“Two tables seemingly leaning against each other, like a couple in love looking out onto the open sea. The symbolic couple fascinated List. It was code for something that Li (...)

The relationship between the passage of time and movement through space is something that is deeply connected to the notion of crossing. “I bore witness to changes in culture and identity that many made as a result of being forced to crisscross the continent in hope of a new beginning,” writes Larry Towell, about his decades-long work documenting the lives of the Mennonites.

The notion of border is central to the exploration of the theme; indeed, Alex Webb’s book Crossings (2003), which partly inspired the theme of this project, explores the border between the U.S. and Mexico. “I’ve long been fascinated by the transience and paradoxes of the U.S.-Mexico border. Between 1975 and 2001, I crossed the border numerous times, photographing this unique region to try to make sense of it. Even though these two countries were culturally worlds apart, it sometimes seemed that the border region was a kind of third country between them—2,000 miles long and 10 miles wide, a place where two countries meet, sometimes easily, sometimes roughly, and often with a confounding note of surrealism. Looking back, I realize that Crossings (2003), the book I made from this work, reflects the last days of a more porous border between the United States and Mexico, so different from today’s militarized border,” he writes.

In contrast to these physical passages, Herbert List’s contribution, an image of two tables seemingly leaning against each other, is a visual metaphor of the type so central to List’s practice. Peer-Olaf Richter writes: “It was code for something that List as a gay artist could not openly portray in the political climate of his times: Love and affection crossing the boundaries of the heterosexual paradigm.”

Alex Webb Tijuana, Mexico. 1995.“I’ve long been fascinated by the transience and paradoxes of the U.S.-Mexico border. Between 1975 and 2001, I crossed the border numerous times, photographing this unique r (...)

Indeed, crossings can be constructed to create meaning through visual representation, as Larry Sultan’s contribution also shows. “For the past two years, I have been hiring day laborers as actors in the landscape photographs I make on the outskirts of the suburbs. I drive to lumberyards and big box hardware stores where, every day, from dawn to early evening, hundreds of men wait nearby to be picked up for hourly work. They gather in small groups on the edge of a vacant lot or sit on the grassy verge at the freeway entrance. They occupy landscapes which are the marginal spaces and transitional zones invisible to most of us. I’m not sure if there is a specific term for these places. They are deeply reminiscent of the terrain I sought out as a child: the empty fields behind malls and scruffy borderlands of the Los Angeles River that ran behind my house in the San Fernando Valley. I direct these men’s actions and gestures while drawing from multiple sources: an amalgam of my own childhood wanderings as well as interpretations of their experiences as exiles. The resulting dramas are small and mundane; they are rituals related to place and domesticity, alluding to the poignancy of displacement and the longing for home,” he wrote of his 2006 series Homeland.

Larry Sultan Meander, Corte Madera. From the series, "Homeland." California, USA. 2006."For the past two years, I have been hiring day laborers as actors in the landscape photographs I make on the outski (...)

Crossings can also become social experiences. Susan Meiselas writes: “In 1977, I followed the men who performed as Santa Claus to raise funds for the Volunteers of America. They were recovering alcoholics, ringing bells on the street all day long. On Fifth Avenue, they crossed the lives of those who would never look at them otherwise.”

For Paolo Pellegrin, the photographic act itself is a kind of crossing: “I see photography as a bridge between subject and viewer. Like an extended hand, or the beginning of a conversation. I leave something unsaid so that the viewer can fill in the missing piece. A photograph is completed only once it is looked at, a beautiful idea.”

Paolo Pellegrin Playing football in an empty swimming pool on a hill surrounding Kabul. Afghanistan. June 2006.“I see photography as a bridge between subject and viewer. Like an extended hand, or the beginning (...)
Susan Meiselas From the series “Volunteers of America.” Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA. 1977.“In 1977, I followed the men who performed as Santa Claus to raise funds for the Volunteers of America. They were (...)
Tyler Mitchell Untitled (Twins). Brooklyn, USA. 2016."This image was shot in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. I set out with an image in my head of black masculine freedom emanating from the pictures. And specifi (...)

The selection of works included in ‘Crossings’ lies at the crossroads of documentary and conceptual practices. Tyler Mitchell neatly encapsulates this in his contribution to the project. He writes of his photograph: “This image was shot in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn. I set out with an image in my head of black masculine freedom emanating from the pictures. And specifically, a fictional image of black men having a full and free range of expression. This started with adorning these two twins, Torey and Khorey, in pearls, fabrics, and natural light to create a world where documentary and fantasy intersect.”

Cristina de Middel Itakiti. From the series, “This is What Hatred Did.” 2014.“My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954), by Amos Tutuola, is about the nightmare of a child who is lost in a jungle full of ghosts and spir (...)

The curation encapsulates the diversity of practices found within photography and celebrates the singular authorship of each artist. Indeed, it speaks to the multifaceted nature of the photographic medium. Christina de Middel reflects, “One of the most important aspects of photography, for me, is its imperfection and how this opens the gate to creating images that our vision could never generate.”

Spanning decades of artistic production, ‘Crossings’ is a testament to the major visual and thematic threads that, together, create our visual culture.

Deanna Templeton Surfer Doing a Headstand. Huntington Beach, California, USA. 2013."I've been shooting in my hometown for over 15 years now. Almost every day I take a walk on the pier to exercise my body and to s (...)
Ed Templeton Lance Jr., Drainage Tunnel. 2001."This is a photograph of my young friend Lance Jr. crossing through a drainage tunnel on the way to a skateboarding spot. I watched Lance grow up from the time he (...)
Nan Goldin Drugs on the Rug. New York City, USA. 2016."I was addicted to OxyContin for four years. I overdosed but I came back. I decided to make the personal political. I've started a group called P.A.I.N. (...)

Many of the artists included in the project will use the proceeds from sales of their works to benefit organisations they are involved in and support. Nan Goldin will help fund the work of P.A.I.N. (www.sacklerpain.org); she writes, “I was addicted to OxyContin for four years. I overdosed but I came back. I decided to make the personal political. I’ve started a group called P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) to address the opioid crisis. We are a group of artists, activists and addicts that believe in direct action. We target the Sackler family, who manufactured and pushed OxyContin, through the museums and universities that carry their name. We speak for the 250,000 bodies that no longer can.”

Deeanna Templeton’s proceeds from the sale of her print will be donated to For Freedoms, Ethan James Green’s to Operation Smile, and Ed Templeton’s to Skateistan, “a nonprofit that works to build safe places for kids to play and learn through skateboarding in impoverished and threatened areas within cities in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.”

Ethan James Green Three Boys in Maheshwar. India. 2018."I started a series documenting men's style around the world, and my first stop was India. This portrait was taken in the temple square in Maheshwar, busy dur (...)

For five days only, the images included in ‘Crossings’ will be available as signed, or estate-stamped, 6×6” prints exclusively on the Magnum Shop.

For the first time, this year the prints are also being exhibited simultaneously at the Aperture Gallery in New York, in a special exhibition hosted by Airbnb Magazine for the duration of the sale. The show is open to the public from October 27th.

Carl De Keyzer Paektu Mountain, Ryanggang Province, North Korea. September 18, 2015.“The Paektu Mountain is one of the most sacred places in the DPRK. It's also called 'the sacred mountain of the revolution.’ M (...)