Past Exhibition

Framing Community: Magnum Photos, 1947 – Present

A new exhibition explores how the theme of community has been central to Magnum since its founding in 1947

Werner Bischof A Magnum Photos meeting in Paris. From left to right: Robert Capa/Maria Eisner/Alberto Mondadori(Epoca)/Ernst Haas (standing)/George Rodger/Joan Bush/David Seymour/Leonard Spooner(Illustrated)/Wern (...)
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography A wedding. Furolac (Carpathian Mountains), Czecholovakia. September 1947. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri Town of Rheinpfalz. Rhénanie-Palatinat state, Germany. 1959. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Treasure's family at their home in Detroit. Michigan, USA. 2012. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Bruno Barbey Shopping near Piazza di Spagna. Lazio region. Rome, Italy. 1966. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Hanging out on Baxter Street. Little Italy. New York City, USA. 1978. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Carl De Keyzer Rehearsal for The Hill Cumorrah Pageant, an annual event depicting the Book of Mormon and the life of Joseph Smith (the first prophet of the Mormons). USA. 1990. © Carl De Keyzer | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti The Black Cloud. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2000. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Henri Cartier-Bresson A peasant, whose market has closed down and came to Beijing to sell his vegetables, sits to eat his provisions. Final days of the Kuomintang. Beijing, China. December 1948. © Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos
Thomas Hoepker A May Day demonstration march passes by new apartment housing for workers, called Plattenbau, in the Weissensee district. East Berlin, Germany. May 1, 1975. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Freedom Riders. Bus trip from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi. Montgomery. Alabama, USA. 1961. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Peter van Agtmael Young Iraqi refugees at a low income housing community in Portland. Portland, Oregon, USA. 2015. © Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos
Moises Saman A refugee waves to indicate a safe landing area to an approaching inflatable raft as it approaches the shores of Lesbos island in Greece. Lesbos Island, Greece. September 29, 2015. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos
David Seymour Refugees from the Civil War areas sleeping in makeshift bedding. Loannina, Greece. 1948. © David Seymour | Magnum Photos
Larry Towell Intifada. Palestinian woman breaking stone into fragments to throw at soldiers down the street after Friday prayer. Palestine Square, Gaza City, Gaza. 1993. © Larry Towell | Magnum Photos
Alex Webb Waiting prior to trying to cross the border. Tijuana, B.C. Mexico. 1992. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos

On the occasion of Magnum’s 70th anniversary, the Hunter College Art Galleries presents Framing Community: Magnum Photos, 1947 – Present. Professor Maria Antonella Pelizzari and her students have curated an exhibition focused on the history of the agency and its deep engagement with the notion of community.

As an organization brought to live by its different members, Magnum is in itself a community of photographers. While the interaction of these various personalities has contributed to challenge and transform the agency inside its walls, their cameras have been turned continuously on humans, their families and broader communities, making photographic practice at the heart of a social exchange.

The exhibition Framing Community: Magnum Photos, 1947- Present highlights the core values of the agency and underscores its internal structure, and features works from 17 Magnum members.

The exhibition features a selection of seventeen visions and narratives representing communities in a conflicted, dispersed, and racially fractured state. The subjects are searching to belong, while living in exile and navigating shifting politics and identities. Organized into four thematic sections: Longing for Community, Shifting Community, Contested Territories, and Displaced Community, the exhibition includes works by photographers Bruno Barbey, René Burri, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Bieke Depoorter, Carl de Keyzer, Paul Fusco, Jim Goldberg, Thomas Hoepker, Josef Koudelka, Susan Meiselas, Alessandra Sanguinetti, David Seymour, Alec Soth, Larry Towell, Peter van Agtmael and Alex Webb.