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Great Journeys

The Magnum Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture: signed or estate-stamped prints by leading photographic artists at the exceptional price of $100, for 5 days only

Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. March, 2005.“In the early 2000s, what became known as the Colour Revolution swept through the former Soviet Union overthrowing the more authoritarian regimes that had been (...)

On the occasion of Magnum’s 70th anniversary and Aperture Foundation’s 65th, the two organizations present Great Journeys, the final in the cycle of four Square Print Sales inspired by each of Magnum’s founders. For the first time, Magnum Photos has invited a roster of artists published by Aperture to participate in the project alongside Magnum’s own photographers, creating a collection of signed or estate-stamped 6×6-inch prints available to purchase at the exceptional price of $100, for 5 days only.

Exploring the theme of Great Journeys both literally and metaphorically, photographers have shared their most important and inspiring experiences, travels far and wide, peregrinations much closer to home, and the journeys of the mind that have come to define their visual practice. Explore the slideshow below to view the full curation of images and texts, find your favorite images from the project on the Magnum Shop here, or read more, below, to delve deeper into this unprecedented visual dialogue and its history.

Steve McCurry | Magnum Photos Agra Fort Railway Station at dusk, with the Jama Masjid in the distance. Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. 1983.“I photographed this image at Agra Fort Railway Station, in India, where an attendant a (...)
Alec Soth | Magnum Photos Band member at parade. Bangalore, India. 2016.“I recently went to India to study ‘laughter yoga’ in hopes of learning how to make happy pictures. But my best photograph still ended up looking a (...)
Don McCullin | Aperture The Road to Somme. France. 2000“I was visiting the World War I battlefield sites of the Somme. There’d been a heavy rainstorm, I was driving, and I suddenly saw this silver road, disappearing in (...)
Werner Bischof | Magnum Photos Harbour Grand Kowloon, Hong Kong. 1952.



“There are times in life when you want to escape, and because you cannot, you wander from morning to night.”

- Werner Bischof © Werner Bischof | Magnum Photos
Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos Tiznit, south of Agadir, Morocco. 1987.“In half a day, you can move from the desert sands to the Atlas mountains, and from the Atlantic coast to the shores of the Mediterranean. Cultures and civi (...)
Joel Meyerowitz | Aperture Scotty's Drive in. Florida. 1967.“Here’s Scotty’s.Sometimes when you’re traveling in the car all day, on the lookout for life on the fly, a great thirst comes over you and that desire for t (...)
David Alan Harvey | Magnum Photos Maya boy plays. Lake Atitlán, in the highlands of Sierra Madre. Guatemala. 1975.“My first ‘great journey’ outside of my own isolated world was into the Mayan highlands. Here I found a cultural re (...)
Rene Burri | Magnum Photos California, Los Angeles, USA. 1984.“I never had the time or luxury to think about inventing my own colour theory. When colour came, I was interested in expressing things that happened around me i (...)
Zackary Drucker | Aperture Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst, Relationship, #12. 2008-2013.“Before the prevalence of selfies, or the square files of Instagram, I photographed myself into existence to fill the void of feeling (...)
Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos Hotel Room. Zhetisay, Kazakhstan. 2009.“When I see this image, I am reminded of what was going on behind the scenes: I was in Kazakhstan, by a reservoir where people hunt for birds in winter, sh (...)
Christopher Anderson | Magnum Photos Sunset on Kent Avenue and South 3rd Street in Williamsburg. Barricades line the Domino Sugar factory construction site. Brooklyn, NY, USA. 2016.“Great journeys are about experience and discove (...)
William Wegman | Aperture Contact. 2014.“‘Contact’ is a photograph I made with my long-legged dog Topper, by positioning his four legs on three pedestals. The pose is not natural for the dog. He had to concentrate and t (...)
Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos Hambita. From the series, “The Afronauts.” 2012.“Great journeys start with great planning and a type of imagination that projects a better you in a better place and a better future. I started a (...)
Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos Malcolm X during his visit to enterprises owned by Black Muslims. Chicago, Illinois, USA. 1962.“Over the next year I followed Malcolm from Washington to New York and Chicago and then back to Ne (...)
Todd Hido | Aperture Untitled, #2154-a. 1998.“This particular photo has a special meaning to me, even though it hadn’t been published in my ‘House Hunting’ series, where I explored the bay area suburbs at night. Af (...)
Alex Webb | Magnum Photos "Istanbul, Turkey. 2001.“Over the course of seven years—from 1998 to 2005—I wandered the streets of Istanbul, from Cihangir to Ayvansaray, from Üsküdar to Altinsehir, from Kadiköy to the ancien (...)
Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos New Mexico, USA. 1990.“In 1990, I was traveling to New Mexico for Stern magazine in Germany. The magazine wanted me to do a photo essay for their travel issue. The briefing was short: “Fly to Al (...)
Viviane Sassen | Aperture Lupus. From the series, “Of Mud and Lotus.” 2017.“The title of the series that includes this picture, ‘Of Mud and Lotus,’ refers to the idea of mud being fundamental for the growth of the lotus (...)
Jim Goldberg | Magnum Photos Teaching Vlad to Smoke. Kiev, Ukraine. 2006.“After three years of documenting the lives of immigrants, refugees and trafficked persons in Greece, I decided to visit Ukraine, the country of origi (...)
Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos Niger River, Mali. 1988.“For this edition of square prints, which pays tribute to the work of George Rodger, one of Magnum’s founding fathers, I have chosen a picture I shot in Mali in 1988. It w (...)
Tabitha Soren | Aperture BRYAN 004409. 2012.“In my ‘Running’ photographs, archetypal figures struggle to escape or arrive–the viewer cannot be sure. Uncertainty, chaos and vulnerability characterize my universe. The fig (...)
Jonas Bendiksen | Magnum Photos Kazakhstan. 2000.“This band of scrap metal dealers in Kazakhstan must be some of the bravest people I’ve met. They make their living by collecting metal from crashed booster stages of rockets lau (...)
Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos Wales, United Kingdom. 1965.""In South Wales, the pit ponies were once used to haul coal in the mines. The mines eventually closed, and the ponies’ journeys into darkness ended.”- Br (...)
Robin Schwartz | Aperture Deerline. Catskill Game Farm, Catskill New York. 2005.“The ‘Amelia & the Animals’ photographs are drawn from actual journeys undertaken with my daughter in the interspecies private world that (...)
Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos Shortie's Dream. Barton, Vermont, USA. 1974.“The dream of the road: the place to escape, to wander, to encounter something beyond what you had imagined you’d find. That’s what led Shortie to l (...)
Erich Hartmann | Magnum Photos Tide coming in. Pemaquid Point, Maine, USA. 1960.    “Throughout recorded time all living creatures have been impelled to make ‘Great Journeys.’ Men and women, singly and in groups, have emba (...)
Penelope Umbrico | Aperture Hosoe with PopArt LightLeak RedPlastic Vivid Dust and Wander Camera App Filters. 1996, 1999 and 2017.“‘Range: of Masters of Photography’ considers an analog history of photography within the di (...)
Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. March, 2005.“In the early 2000s, what became known as the Colour Revolution swept through the former Soviet Union overthrowing the more authoritarian regimes that had been (...)
Matt Black | Magnum Photos Birds. Tulare, California, USA. 2014."What I’ve learned about travel is that you never really leave home. You carry it with you in the very act of seeing. Every picture becomes a portrait of t (...)
Richard Renaldi | Aperture 06:17. 2010-2016.“This is part of my series, ‘Manhattan Sunday,’ where I chose to work only on Sunday mornings after-hours, between 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., those fleeting hours of reentry from (...)
Mitch Epstein | Aperture Cheshire, Ohio II. 2004.“I went to Cheshire, Ohio, in 2003 to make pictures of a town that had been bought out by American Electric Power. The townspeople had been complaining of toxic contamin (...)
Elliott Erwitt | Magnum Photos Hungary. 1968.“For me, any photographic journey has the possibility of being great. Even if the journey is going to the corner store to buy a quart of milk. Photographic opportunities are everywh (...)
Nikos Economopoulos | Magnum Photos Trinidad, Cuba. 2015.“I passed by this place in Trinidad, Cuba, every morning. The light glued the shadows on the wall creating a parallel reality, giving them life, making them stand up against (...)
Pieter Hugo | Aperture Abdullahi Mohammed with Mainasara. Ogere-Remo, Nigeria. 2007.“These photographs came about after a friend emailed me an image taken on a cellphone through a car window in Lagos, Nigeria, which de (...)
Mary Ellen Mark | Aperture Ram Prakash Singh with his elephant Shyama. Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad. 1990.“I’m always looking for something that’s a little on the strange side, some kind of tension or a feeling that i (...)
Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos Pelamis Wave Machine. Scotland, U.K. 2013.“I was in the Orkney Islands, on the Hoy Sound, when I took this picture. The Hoy Sound has some of the biggest seas in the U.K. I wanted to photograph t (...)
Bob Gruen | Aperture John Lennon - Statue of Liberty. 1974.“The U.S. government was trying to deport John Lennon because of his support for the peace movement during the Vietnam War, so I suggested we take a pictur (...)
Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos Women swim in the sea on Juhu Beach at night. Mumbai, India. 2016.“The city of Mumbai is an amalgamation of several islands that were connected via causeways in the 19th century, and the sea is (...)
Paul Fusco | Magnum Photos California Grape Strike. California, USA. 1968.“Every photojournalistic story of mine has been a great journey, no matter where on earth it took me. My work with the United Farm Workers union (...)
Matthew Pillsbury | Aperture The Women’s March on Washington. Saturday, January 21, 2017.“After the election I was left depressed, questioning the role photography could play going forward when so many of our rights and ou (...)
Carl De Keyzer | Magnum Photos Kiubo Falls, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 2008.“I was working with the International Red Cross at the time, in the Congo, and had requested to be dropped off for a few days at Kiubo Falls. (...)
Peter van Agtmael | Magnum Photos Detroit, Michigan, USA. 2009.“This photo was taken in the last weeks of the George W. Bush era. I’d spent much of the previous three years photographing war and its consequences in Iraq, Afghan (...)
George Rodger | Magnum Photos The Nubas. Kordofan, Sudan. 1949.“One must accept the new Africa and admire the rapid advancement of the African people. And yet, with the passing of tribal rule, something has gone from Afric (...)
Matthew Porter | Aperture Noe Valley. 2012/2017.“When I started this series, I was inspired by the way a car can steal the show. Think of iconic car chases in films—they’re often about spectacle, and have little to do w (...)
David Hurn | Magnum Photos A sign in the Arizona desert. It connotes that very shortly the entire area will be developed with housing and shopping malls. Arizona, USA. 1979."‘The use of traveling is to regulate imagination (...)
Ian Berry | Magnum Photos Novice Tibetan monks on their way to prayer. Xiahe, Gansu Province, China. 1996.“I began my journey along the fabled Silk Road in Istanbul, Turkey. I continued through Iran to Turkmenistan, then (...)
JH Engström | Aperture From the series, “Crash.” 2017.“I do not fully understand it at first.The gradual and painful insight into a decisive and violent shift.The world I grew up in is under threat.The landscapes (...)
Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos Korçë, Albania. February, 2015.“This is from a journey backward, to my own homeland, to what I have kept in my memory, what I have forgotten, what I grew up away from. All of it slowly melting (...)
Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos The Ferris Wheel Man. Los Angeles, California, USA. 2001.“After many years of shooting my personal pictures in black-and-white, I decided I needed a change. Taking time off from commercial assi (...)
Olivia Bee | Aperture Pre-Kiss. 2010.“This is part of my series, and book with Aperture, Kids in Love. It focuses on your internal universe expanding into the outside world, and experiencing things for the first time. (...)
Raymond Depardon | Magnum Photos Nuristan, Afghanistan. 1978.“They brought out their most beautiful tea sets; there were pancakes in the form of galette, and honey from the mountain.Despite the war, they welcomed me as a visit (...)
Herbert List | Magnum Photos Hercules Caves, Cape Spartel, Morocco. 1955.“Unlike Rodger, List never explored Africa in great depth. He remained in the north. His image of the Hercules Caves near Tangiers, however, visualiz (...)
Mick Rock | Aperture Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, USA. October 21, 1972.“This is David Bowie on his first ever tour of the U.S., enjoying great acclaim. It’s the beginning of his fabulous decades-long, interna (...)
Kwame Brathwaite | Aperture Bob Marley, Beacon Theatre. 1976.“I was backstage at Madison Square Garden when I first met Bob. We started talking about Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie. He was a great storyteller. He had purp (...)
Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos Anshan, Liaoning, China. 1981.“Anshan Steel Mill was the largest of its kind in China when I photographed it in 1981: roughly 100,000 workers. It was the center of steel production even before th (...)
Paolo Pellegrin | Magnum Photos Floating on dreams and whispers, girls from a West Bank village cool off in the waters of the Dead Sea. 2009.“For these two Palestinian girls, it's quite a journey to arrive at the Dead Sea. They (...)
James Mollison | Aperture Indira. Kathmandu, Nepal. March, 2007.“This picture was taken while I was working on Where Children Sleep (Chris Boot, 2010), a series of pictures of children and their bedrooms. At the time, I (...)
Daniel Gordon | Aperture Still Life with Apples and Echinacea. 2016.“I make my pictures alone in my studio–I’m the antithesis of the journeyman photographer–but I view my work as a peculiar collaboration between myself (...)
Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos Two Gardens. Pehuajo´, Argentina. 1995.“This image is from one of the many road trips I made around Argentina in the 1990s. I’d traveled to Europe and the U.S. in my teens, and have since been (...)
Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos John F. Kennedy and his sister Patricia Kennedy Lawford riding in a convertible on Lauren Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood, after his whistle-stop train tour through California. Los Angeles, USA (...)
Martin Parr | Magnum Photos Liberation Day Tea at the Forest United Methodist Church. Guernsey. 2012.“The Channel Islands were the only part of Britain that were taken over by the Nazis during the Second World War. They (...)
Phyllis Galembo | Aperture Akata Masquerade. Nigeria. 2004.“This image is the cover image from my book Maske (Aperture, 2016), and is part of a series of photographs begun in Nigeria and continued throughout Africa and t (...)
Antoine d’ Agata | Magnum Photos France. 2002.“Exoticism accounts for a violence that bodies contaminated by spectacular death undergo and generate. An image speaks when words fail, allowing one to blend into the belly of the wo (...)
Dennis Stock | Magnum Photos James Dean haunting Times Square. For a novice actor in the 1950s, this was the place to go. The Actors Studio, directed by Lee Strasberg at the time, was in its heyday and just a block away. New Y (...)
Hank Willis Thomas | Aperture Small Acts. 2012.



“What is there to say."

- Hank Willis Thomas © Hank Willis Thomas
Paolo Ventura | Aperture The Tightrope Walker. 2007.“I saw my first and only tightrope walker at the age of 10. I stared upward, fascinated and shaken by the thought that he could fall. He didn’t. It was a great disapp (...)
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos Henri Matisse in his studio. Nice, France. August, 1949.“It does seem to me that Capa has proved beyond all doubt that the camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good (...)
Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos Beni Mur, Egypt. March, 2016.“This photograph is part of my new book As it May Be. After many years of exploring and undertaking big journeys, my consciousness of my status as an outsider start (...)
Vik Muniz | Aperture The White Iris, after Edward Weston. 2012.“I used The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Volume I: Mexico (Aperture, 1973), and Weston’s photograph of his lover, Tina Modotti, when invited by Aperture (...)
Chien-Chi Chang | Magnum Photos Taipei, Taiwan. 2008.“All of my journeys have been the same. Journeys are defined by the things we carry. One night on the empty bed, I laid out what was at the heart of true travel. You can se (...)
Jean Gaumy | Magnum Photos Zahara de los Atunes, near Cape Trafalgar. Andalusia. 1982.“It is during their mating migration between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean that large tuna have, for centuries, sometimes encount (...)
Hellen van Meene | Aperture Untitled. 1999.“The subjects of my photographs are at the cusp between childhood and adulthood. The girl here radiates a sense of ambiguity, of vulnerability, of soul-searching; it is in this fle (...)
Awol Erizku | Aperture Untitled (Forces of Nature #1). 2014.“This is part of a portrait series I created for Vogue at the tenth annual Afropunk Fest. I think black hair is beautiful because it can be shaped, shaved, (...)
Graciela Iturbide | Aperture Cemetery. Juchitán, Mexico. 1988.“Midway between the documentary and the poetic, my unusual way of looking through the lens integrates what has been experienced and what has been dreamt, into a (...)
Cristina Garcia Rodero | Magnum Photos Holi spring festival. India. 2007.“Great journeys can be mental and emotional, as well as physical. Images have the ability to transport you to another place, to feel profoundly what you are seei (...)
Marilyn Silverstone | Magnum Photos Warrior dancers, attendants of the sacred Mt. Kangchenjunga and defenders of the Dharma, during the Sikkimese New Year dances. Gangtok, Sikkim. 1968.“Marilyn’s entire life was a journey. Born (...)
Burt Glinn | Magnum Photos Full moonrise over Mount Fuji viewed from Mount Sichimen. Mount Fuji, Japan. 1961.“Burt believed that, as a photographer, when going on a journey to another country, never mind maps and travel (...)
Michal Chelbin | Aperture Natasha. Ukraine. 2005.“This image was taken in a small town in Eastern Ukraine. I usually shoot a person several times over the days I am there, and each session may take several hours, but in t (...)
Gail Albert Halaban | Aperture Tango Dancers, Buenos Aires. From the series, “Out My Window.” 2016.“ This is what the neighbor says about what he sees when he looks into his neighbor’s window:‘He has gold curtains that he k (...)
Sohrab Hura | Magnum Photos Dusk. Varanasi, India. 2005.“When I first started photographing I believed that a journey, a physical one, needed to be undertaken for one to become a photographer. I never thought why, it jus (...)
Erich Lessing | Magnum Photos Nigeria. 1957.“My photography took me on many great journeys around the world. In 1957, I documented the industrialization of Africa for a story in Fortune magazine. One of my favorite shots is t (...)
Justine Kurland | Aperture Sea Stack, Double Mama. From the series, “Of Woman Born.” Ruby Beach, Washington. 2006.“After the birth of my son, Casper, in 2004, I began a series of photographs that juxtapose radical repre (...)
Lorenzo Meloni | Magnum Photos A member of the Third Force patrols the Libyan desert. El Sharara oil field, Murzuq Desert, Libya. December, 2015.“Where they make a desert, they call it peace.” Tacitus- Lorenzo Meloni (...)
Jacob Aue Sobol | Magnum Photos A boy does a somersault and lands in a deep pile of snow.Tiilerilaaq, Greenland. 2001.“I still recall my journeys to the east coast of Greenland as the greatest and most fearless ones of my (...)
Abelardo Morell | Aperture Camera Obscura: The Empire State Building in Bedroom. 1994.“I made my first picture using camera obscura techniques in my darkened living room in Boston, 1991. In setting up a room to make this (...)
Abbas | Magnum Photos Uyghur Muslims on streets lined with poplar trees. Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur, China. 1989.“Konya, Turkey is the western frontier of my land, the one I feel truly Asian in. It is a crescent of land (...)
Matt Stuart | Magnum Photos New Bond Street. London, England. 2006.“This picture took at least six months to come together, although, if I’m honest, I never knew it would come together until it did. I frequently passed t (...)
Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao | Aperture Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. New York. 2012.“Born and raised in Taiwan, I made the great journey to New York in the late 1990s, and over the past 12 years I’ve been focused on making picture (...)
Jamel Shabazz | Aperture A Time Before Crack. 1983.“As the dark clouds of crack cocaine slowly casted their destructive shadows over America during the early 1980s, I saw the urgent need to take to the streets as a con (...)
Wayne Miller | Magnum Photos California, USA. 1950.“A camera can serve as a passport to other lives and cultures but it also paradoxically stands between the photographer and the world. ‘We’re not participating, we’re observ (...)
Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation | Magnum Photos The Danube River near Vienna. Austria. 1958."One day, in May of the year 1958, it became clear to me that to follow the Danube from its source to its end was, in my mind, one of those inevitable (...)
Larry Fink | Aperture The Great Lakes, Chicago. 1958.“The image shown here is one of many. It was taken in 1958, while I was embedded within a band of wild and woolly space agents who could be considered a continuat (...)
Philip Jones Griffiths | Magnum Photos Cambodia. 1967.“When Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy made this ‘great journey’ to Cambodia, in 1967, with her then-rumored boyfriend, Lord Harlech, any pictures were in high demand. This negative itself (...)
Erwin Olaf | Aperture Parting I. From the series, “Shanghai 2017.” 2017.“Shanghai reminds me of a young, confident adolescence full of boundless energy, convinced of its own power, and doing whatever it takes to rea (...)
Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos Journey on Mars. Atacama Desert, Chile. 2003.“More than traveling, I love the idea of leaving. To dream a destination. To fantasize about this country, its culture, its people. To imagine. I thin (...)
LaToya Ruby Frazier | Aperture Pat Brunty, the caretaker, standing behind “No Contest 1994.” Noah Purifoy Outdoor Desert Art Museum, Joshua Tree, California. 2016“I took a pilgrimage out in the Mojave Desert with sculptor / (...)
Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos Two benches and two girls bending over backward. Warsop Vale, Nottinghamshire, England. 1974.“In early 1974, British miners were on strike. With coal supplies diminishing, the Tory government imp (...)
Dawoud Bey | Aperture James Baldwin at City College of New York. 1978.“In 1978, James Baldwin received the Langston Hughes Medal. The award is given annually to ‘an influential and engaging African-American writer.’ B (...)
Emin Özmen | Magnum Photos Idomeni, Greece. 2016.“It was early morning when I saw this father and his son walking in the cold on the rail of Idomeni’s train station, where thousands of refugees were stuck at the border b (...)
Gueorgui Pinkhassov | Magnum Photos Naoshima, Japan. November, 2015.“The domains of photography are time and space: What occurs at a point in time and where.Photography's aim is to bear witness. Those who are older remember mor (...)
Micha Bar Am | Magnum Photos Mediterranean coast. 1958."Almost 60 years ago I was asked to photograph a sailing boat competition along the Mediterranean coast, from the port of Jaffa to Haifa Bay.It was clear to me that th (...)
Leonard Freed | Magnum Photos Divers on the banks of a canal near Dortmund. Dortmund, West Germany. 1965."As a young photographer in the 1950s, Leonard left New York City for post-war Europe. He found devastated European nat (...)
Guy Le Querrec | Magnum Photos Chad, Central Africa. Wednesday, August 6, 1969.“Africa is the continent which we, my Leica and I, have traveled and photographed most. In fact, I had my eye there before having gone. It was i (...)
Mark Power | Magnum Photos Wight. Saturday 18 February 1995. Northwesterly backing southwesterly 6 or 7, increasing gale 8 for a time. Showers then rain. Good becoming moderate or poor.“‘The Shipping Forecast’ project beg (...)
Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos Calcutta, India. 1990.“It was late in the afternoon, dark clouds were rising from the horizon, as I was crossing an old metal bridge. Suddenly, to my left, I saw a man pushing his big boat to (...)
Miguel Rio Branco | Magnum Photos People of the Gorotire, Kayapó, near the Seco River.Pará, Brazil. 1992.“In 1983, being somehow part of a society within a country still seeking its personality, a country of gigantic contras (...)
Eli Reed | Magnum Photos The Million Man March, organized by Louis Farrakhan. Washington D.C., USA. 1995.“The Million Man March took place on October 16, 1995, in Washington, D.C., on and around the National Mall. Ther (...)
Chris Steele-Perkins | Magnum Photos Schoolchildren during a rainstorm. Lesotho, Africa. 1981.“My journey in Africa began almost 40 years ago and, like most of the important paths we take, was unintended. But Africa soon became an (...)
Claude Iverné | Aperture 67625-58. Baobab, First Shoots, End of Dry Season. Dar Jawama, Northern Kordofan, Sudan. August, 2001.“This image is from Sudan, where I lived at the time. I love slowness, as trees grow, I cou (...)
Larry Towell | Magnum Photos "Water Protectors” on the frozen Cannonball River, after having been forced out of their camp by the police. North Dakota, USA. February 23, 2017.“Although I’ve travelled extensively during my (...)
Ferdinando Scianna | Magnum Photos Tunisia. 1969.

“A sand storm in the desert of Douz. The wind and sand almost erase the landscape, the men; the palm becomes a pure visual trace.”

- Ferdinando Scianna © Ferdinando Scianna | Magnum Photos
Diana Markosian Wolfsburg Germany. 2017. “At the time of this photo, I was in Germany, working on a story about refugees who were learning to swim as a way of coping with trauma. The refugees I met had come from a (...)
Moises Saman | Magnum Photos Baghdad, Iraq. July, 2004. "Iraq has come to represent quite a personal journey in my life. The war there has defined me and my generation, and as such I find myself returning year after year.  (...)
David Seymour | Magnum Photos Bernard Berenson, American art collector of Lithuanian origin, looking at Pauline Bonaparte as Venus Victrix by Antonio Canova. Borghese Gallery, Rome, Italy. 1955.“The great art connoisseur B (...)
Jérôme Sessini | Magnum Photos Caracas, Venezuela. May 27, 2013."For most people, travel is synonymous with vacation, exoticism and relaxation. Or flight, to escape the quotidian. I understood by traveling, that there was no (...)
Peter Marlow | Magnum Photos The last days of Concorde. BA002 from New York. Concorde landing prior to the aircraft retiring from service in October 2003. Heathrow Airport, London, England."I only flew with Concorde once, bu (...)

Magnum and Aperture: New Ideals

Born five years apart, Magnum Photos and Aperture are long-standing photographic institutions created by photographers in response to the circumstances within which they exercised their practice. Both founded by small groups of deeply committed, ambitious, artists, the two organizations set new standards and outlined new ideals and ambitions for photography, which predicated how the discipline would evolve over the following decades.

Parisian cafes were the site of animated discussions between Magnum’s co-founders, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David ‘Chim’ Seymour, William Vandivert, and George Rodger – whose legacy this sale honors – all dreamers with the ambition to wrest back control of their creative freedom from the dominant magazines of the time, who, by the same token, also kept ownership of photographers’ copyright.

Founding Magnum Photos in 1947 was a declaration of independence, and provided the impetus for the photographers to decide for themselves which stories to tell through their lenses, and, crucially, to retain the rights to their work, thereby enabling them to sell their stories to magazines world-wide and therefore fund forthcoming projects. This is still, to a large extent, how the agency operates today, and how photographers embarking on personal projects are able to generate an income from their work.

Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos Henri Matisse in his studio. Nice, France. August, 1949.“It does seem to me that Capa has proved beyond all doubt that the camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good (...)

Five years later, in New York, another deeply influential group of photographers – including Minor White, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Nancy Newhall, and Beaumont Newhall – sought to create their own paradigm shift, by launching Aperture Magazine in 1952, “a common ground for the advancement of photography.” Executive Director of Aperture Foundation, Chris Boot, says: “The perception of the early Aperturians was that the prevailing organs and institutions of photography valued photographs for what they showed, as content, but placed insufficient value on either the medium as a creative art form, or the photographer as artist.  Aperture, in words and pictures, sought to occupy the higher ground, offering a different paradigm for appreciating the art of photography, and driving the dialogue about and culture of art photography…”

Many of Magnum’s photographers are published by Aperture and today the two organizations have much in common, having played roles central to the theory and practice of photography. Nurturing talent, setting standards, fostering defining conversations, and establishing best working practices, Magnum Photos and Aperture are central parts of photography’s great journey. Through this shared square print project, where 40 artists published by Aperture join the ranks of Magnum’s 76 photographers, we explore this shared photographic history and the role that journeying plays within it.

Todd Hido | Aperture Untitled, #2154-a. 1998.“This particular photo has a special meaning to me, even though it hadn’t been published in my ‘House Hunting’ series, where I explored the bay area suburbs at night. Af (...)

The Art of Travel, Near and Far

When Magnum was founded, the photographers divided the coverage of the world between them, loosely associating Cartier-Bresson with India and the Far East, Chim with Europe, Capa at large and Rodger in Africa. In fact, Rodger’s print in this sale is an image from his African travels. Morally disgusted by World War II, Rodger gave up war photography at the end of WWII, and left for Africa, “to get away where the world was clean.”

“Unlike Rodger, List never explored Africa in great depth. He remained in the north. His image of the Hercules Caves near Tangiers, however, visualizes three ingredients of many great journeys: an outline of an imaginary country, a wide ocean and the curiosity to look into the abyss of the unknown,” states Peer-Olaf Richter, of List’s estate.

Herbert List | Magnum Photos Hercules Caves, Cape Spartel, Morocco. 1955.“Unlike Rodger, List never explored Africa in great depth. He remained in the north. His image of the Hercules Caves near Tangiers, however, visualiz (...)
George Rodger | Magnum Photos The Nubas. Kordofan, Sudan. 1949.“One must accept the new Africa and admire the rapid advancement of the African people. And yet, with the passing of tribal rule, something has gone from Afric (...)

Often it seems photography and travel coincide; photographers are well-known for their frequent peregrinations around the world: “the dream of the road: the place to escape, to wander, to encounter something beyond what you had imagined you’d find,” in the words of Susan Meiselas.

Inspired by the shipping forecast, Mark Power “set out to visit all 31 areas – in retrospect a ridiculously ambitious idea that would take me four years to complete – to see if the reality of what I found bore any resemblance to the imaginary landscapes that already existed inside my head.”

Some journeys are inevitable, presenting themselves as necessities to the photographer. Inge Morath wrote, “One day, in May of the year 1958, it became clear to me that to follow the Danube from its source to its end was, in my mind, one of those inevitable voyages.” And certain places come to haunt photographers, becoming synonymous with their practice, such as Chris Steele Perkins’ enduring fascination with Africa, echoing Rodgers.

Yet photographic journeys can also be very close to home. Larry Towell experienced this while photographing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline, which stands out “as one of [his] most pertinent journeys, perhaps, because it was so close to home.”

In the sage words of Elliott Erwitt: “For me, any photographic journey has the possibility of being great. Even if the journey is going to the corner store to buy a quart of milk. Photographic opportunities are everywhere. From the exotic to the banal. The result depends on a photographer’s curiosity, perception and luck.”

Inge Morath © The Inge Morath Foundation | Magnum Photos The Danube River near Vienna. Austria. 1958."One day, in May of the year 1958, it became clear to me that to follow the Danube from its source to its end was, in my mind, one of those inevitable (...)
Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos Shortie's Dream. Barton, Vermont, USA. 1974.“The dream of the road: the place to escape, to wander, to encounter something beyond what you had imagined you’d find. That’s what led Shortie to l (...)
Rene Burri | Magnum Photos California, Los Angeles, USA. 1984.“I never had the time or luxury to think about inventing my own colour theory. When colour came, I was interested in expressing things that happened around me i (...)
Joel Meyerowitz | Aperture Scotty's Drive in. Florida. 1967.“Here’s Scotty’s.Sometimes when you’re traveling in the car all day, on the lookout for life on the fly, a great thirst comes over you and that desire for t (...)
Larry Towell | Magnum Photos "Water Protectors” on the frozen Cannonball River, after having been forced out of their camp by the police. North Dakota, USA. February 23, 2017.“Although I’ve travelled extensively during my (...)

Photography and Time: Witnessing History

Photographs can make us travel back in time, to era-defining moments that have shaped our visual culture, captured by photographers witnessing these epochal scenes. Seeing the world through their lens, they offer a personal and important document of history, and resonate through the ages. Jamel Shabazz, from the perspective of a “concerned citizen and documentarian,” sees a very specific role for photography: “I felt it was my duty both to warn the youth of the dangers that I foresaw, and to use my camera as a tool to engage and document.” His photograph, A Time Before Crack, is “a constant reminder of a time before the great crack epidemic that would change life forever.”

Cornell Capa, ever the humanist, once described this pleasure in witnessing events and sharing his experiences with others through the medium of photography. “The greatest joy that the camera has given me is my gained capacity to see. The next gain is that I can ‘be there’ where things are going on and have the opportunity to partake. It also gives me a center seat, front (and more importantly a backstage vantage point as well) of the Greatest Spectaculars that man has created to impress others. It has given me rich opportunities to be one with fellow human beings of all varieties in their hours of trial and triumph. Thus I can live a thousand lives during my lifetime. Finally there is the satisfaction of showing others what experiences I have gone through.”

Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos John F. Kennedy and his sister Patricia Kennedy Lawford riding in a convertible on Lauren Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood, after his whistle-stop train tour through California. Los Angeles, USA (...)

Don McCullin writes of this instinct to participate in a broader, human and historical narrative through his photographs: “I felt immediately that the road was a voice, telling me something about history—a road along which millions of soldiers had marched into fear, pain, and death. I injected a lot of my own thoughts into that picture. There’s a lot of darkness in this simple landscape. I see darkness as my voice. I’m speaking for the victims and casualties of war, because they’re not around to speak for themselves. In war, you see a lot of damaged human beings. They can’t talk because they’re in immense depths of shock and horror. I make my pictures dark, to speak what other people can’t speak.”

Don McCullin | Aperture The Road to Somme. France. 2000“I was visiting the World War I battlefield sites of the Somme. There’d been a heavy rainstorm, I was driving, and I suddenly saw this silver road, disappearing in (...)
Eli Reed | Magnum Photos The Million Man March, organized by Louis Farrakhan. Washington D.C., USA. 1995.“The Million Man March took place on October 16, 1995, in Washington, D.C., on and around the National Mall. Ther (...)
Dawoud Bey | Aperture James Baldwin at City College of New York. 1978.“In 1978, James Baldwin received the Langston Hughes Medal. The award is given annually to ‘an influential and engaging African-American writer.’ B (...)
Matthew Pillsbury | Aperture The Women’s March on Washington. Saturday, January 21, 2017.“After the election I was left depressed, questioning the role photography could play going forward when so many of our rights and ou (...)
Kwame Brathwaite | Aperture Bob Marley, Beacon Theatre. 1976.“I was backstage at Madison Square Garden when I first met Bob. We started talking about Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie. He was a great storyteller. He had purp (...)

A Journey to Selfhood: the Quest for Identity

“I still recall my journeys to the east coast of Greenland as the greatest and most fearless ones of my life… I had started a new life, a new journey that made me feel exactly like that boy jumping off the roof,” writes Jacob Aue Sobol. He points at photography’s capacity to transform, the act of photographing itself becoming a tool through which self-identity can be found and defined.

Visual production is a journey to selfhood in Zackary Drucker’s work: “Before the prevalence of selfies, or the square files of Instagram, I photographed myself into existence to fill the void of feeling that gender outlaws had been erased or only rendered by outsiders. I don’t particularly like this self-portrait, but I acknowledge this past incarnation who exists within me, and honor them for delivering me here and now.”

Zackary Drucker | Aperture Zackary Drucker & Rhys Ernst, Relationship, #12. 2008-2013.“Before the prevalence of selfies, or the square files of Instagram, I photographed myself into existence to fill the void of feeling (...)

Using photography as a way to translate the outside world, Moises Saman states, “Iraq has come to represent quite a personal journey in my life. The war there has defined me and my generation, and as such I find myself returning year after year.”

In her work, Bieke Depoorter highlights the status of photographer in a foreign land as a cultural outsider, and seeks to reassess her relationship to photography by going back to Egypt not to photograph, but “with the photographs [she] had previously taken and ask random Egyptians to write their thoughts on the images.”

Patrick Zachmann | Magnum Photos Journey on Mars. Atacama Desert, Chile. 2003.“More than traveling, I love the idea of leaving. To dream a destination. To fantasize about this country, its culture, its people. To imagine. I thin (...)
Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos Beni Mur, Egypt. March, 2016.“This photograph is part of my new book As it May Be. After many years of exploring and undertaking big journeys, my consciousness of my status as an outsider start (...)
Justine Kurland | Aperture Sea Stack, Double Mama. From the series, “Of Woman Born.” Ruby Beach, Washington. 2006.“After the birth of my son, Casper, in 2004, I began a series of photographs that juxtapose radical repre (...)
Moises Saman | Magnum Photos Baghdad, Iraq. July, 2004. "Iraq has come to represent quite a personal journey in my life. The war there has defined me and my generation, and as such I find myself returning year after year.  (...)

Photographs become totems of the imagination, objects that hold a transformative power. Justine Kurland writes about her images of motherhood: “I made them mostly for myself during my first years with a small baby, because I couldn’t relate to the depictions of motherhood available to me. These photographs opened up space for me to imagine a different way of being a mother.”

Indeed, as Jerome Sessini writes, “For most people, travel is synonymous with vacation, exoticism and relaxation. Or flight, to escape the quotidian. I understood by traveling, that there was no trip far enough to escape from oneself. Elsewhere becomes here when we are there.”

Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos Niger River, Mali. 1988.“For this edition of square prints, which pays tribute to the work of George Rodger, one of Magnum’s founding fathers, I have chosen a picture I shot in Mali in 1988. It w (...)

The Photograph as Journey: Sharing a Personal Vision

“Every photographer always gives away something of what he is and where he comes from in the images he produces. This is something I find really interesting,” says Harry Gruyaert. Photographs can act as objects that transmit their authors’ unique, powerful vision, taking the viewer on a journey alongside the artist.

As Matt Black writes, “Every picture becomes a portrait of the home you left behind.” It is then up to the viewer to gather these hints, decode meaning harvest the clues left behing. “I’m not going to be answering questions as much as challenging ideas and preconceived notions and just letting the audience interpret what they want to. There’s an aspect of my work that I want to be universal,” declares Awol Erizku.

Awol Erizku | Aperture Untitled (Forces of Nature #1). 2014.“This is part of a portrait series I created for Vogue at the tenth annual Afropunk Fest. I think black hair is beautiful because it can be shaped, shaved, (...)
Viviane Sassen | Aperture Lupus. From the series, “Of Mud and Lotus.” 2017.“The title of the series that includes this picture, ‘Of Mud and Lotus,’ refers to the idea of mud being fundamental for the growth of the lotus (...)
Mary Ellen Mark | Aperture Ram Prakash Singh with his elephant Shyama. Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad. 1990.“I’m always looking for something that’s a little on the strange side, some kind of tension or a feeling that i (...)
Matt Black | Magnum Photos Birds. Tulare, California, USA. 2014."What I’ve learned about travel is that you never really leave home. You carry it with you in the very act of seeing. Every picture becomes a portrait of t (...)

Journeys of the Mind

Carolyn Drake highlights the way in which photographs can trigger a series of feelings, memories, and inner thoughts: “I am fascinated by how images work on the imagination, and I think this curtain in a way puts a shape around those uncanny movements of the mind.”

When Enri Canaj made work in his homeland of Albania, it was in order to create photographs that act as memories do: “This is from a journey backward, to my own homeland, to what I have kept in my memory, what I have forgotten, what I grew up away from. All of it slowly melting together into a light crystal snow ball, that I keep safe with me. To keep me safe.”

 

Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos Hotel Room. Zhetisay, Kazakhstan. 2009.“When I see this image, I am reminded of what was going on behind the scenes: I was in Kazakhstan, by a reservoir where people hunt for birds in winter, sh (...)

Both Drake and Canaj indicate how the photograph itself can become a point of connection and departure, a repository for thought and feeling, a space of interconnection. Describing her own practice, Graciela Iturbide writes: “My work is characterized by an ongoing dialogue between images, time and symbols, in a poetic display in which dream, ritual, religion, travel and community all blend together.”

Photography is an open door, inviting imagination and dreamwork. “More than traveling, I love the idea of leaving. To dream a destination. To fantasize about this country, its culture, its people,” writes Patrick Zachmann. Similarly, journeying is not necessarily concerned with the direction of travel, or with finding a way to go from one place to another. More than this, journeying is about opening doors, finding possibility and potential. In the words of Alex Webb: “More often than not, I had to lose my way in order to find my most successful photographs.”

Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos Korçë, Albania. February, 2015.“This is from a journey backward, to my own homeland, to what I have kept in my memory, what I have forgotten, what I grew up away from. All of it slowly melting (...)
Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos Women swim in the sea on Juhu Beach at night. Mumbai, India. 2016.“The city of Mumbai is an amalgamation of several islands that were connected via causeways in the 19th century, and the sea is (...)
William Wegman | Aperture Contact. 2014.“‘Contact’ is a photograph I made with my long-legged dog Topper, by positioning his four legs on three pedestals. The pose is not natural for the dog. He had to concentrate and t (...)
Pieter Hugo | Aperture Abdullahi Mohammed with Mainasara. Ogere-Remo, Nigeria. 2007.“These photographs came about after a friend emailed me an image taken on a cellphone through a car window in Lagos, Nigeria, which de (...)
Alec Soth | Magnum Photos Band member at parade. Bangalore, India. 2016.“I recently went to India to study ‘laughter yoga’ in hopes of learning how to make happy pictures. But my best photograph still ended up looking a (...)
Matthew Porter | Aperture Noe Valley. 2012/2017.“When I started this series, I was inspired by the way a car can steal the show. Think of iconic car chases in films—they’re often about spectacle, and have little to do w (...)
David Hurn | Magnum Photos A sign in the Arizona desert. It connotes that very shortly the entire area will be developed with housing and shopping malls. Arizona, USA. 1979."‘The use of traveling is to regulate imagination (...)