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.