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Current Exhibition

Collaborative Portraiture

A new exhibition in the London Magnum Print Room explores collaboration and control in portraiture of women, through the work of three women Magnum photographers

Bieke Depoorter Paris, France. Agata. 2017. © Bieke Depoorter | Magnum Photos

Collaborative Portraiture brings together work by Magnum photographers Carolyn Drake, Bieke Depoorter and Susan Meiselas to present different creative strategies to portray female subjects. In each series on display, the sitters have been invited to present themselves on their own terms, to perform, play and control their representation in front of the lens.

Portraiture has always played an important role within Magnum’s documentary photography, and its members have continually investigated and rethought the process of photographic storytelling. One component within this has been to democratise the act of photographing, shifting the emphasis from “taking” photographs of their subject, to a collaborative exchange that incorporates multiple points of view. At a time when female representation has become increasingly politicised, this exhibition takes three bodies of work, one historical and two contemporary, where portraiture becomes a process, through long-term commitment to a subject and reassessment of the image through time.

Magnum Print Room
63 Gee Street
London
EC1V 3RS

Public Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday – 11.30am to 4pm

Susan Meiselas Sammy, (Carnival Strippers, page 143). Essex Junction, Vermont. USA. 1973. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Lena's first day. (Carnival Strippers, page 143). Essex Junction, Vermont. USA. 1973. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Mitzi, Tunbridge, Vermont. USA. 1974. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Coffee. Carlisle, Pennsylvania. USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Ginger, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Lena, third season. Lehighton, Pennsylvania. USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas The Star. Tunbridge, Vermont. USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas New Girl, Tunbridge, Vermont. USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Extra Girl. Fryeburg, Maine. USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Luba, 20, dressed as a flower for the spring recital. Eighty girls live in near isolation in the Petrykhiv Children's building, a Soviet institution built in the 1960s to house girls with mental di (...)
Carolyn Drake Girls makes a pattern with ribbon at the Internat Children's Home, a Soviet-era institute wedged between the forest and the new suburb of Petrykiv. Ternopil, Petrokhiv. Ukraine. 2013. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake The Internat Children's Home, a Soviet-era institute wedged between the forest and the new suburb of Petrykiv. Petrokhiv. Ternopil. Ukraine. 2015. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake A girl makes a pattern with a line of slippers at the Internat Children's Home, a Soviet-era institute wedged between the forest and the new suburb of Petrykiv. Ternopil, Petrokhiv. Ukraine. 2014. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake The Internat Children's Home, a Soviet-era institute wedged between the forest and the new suburb of Petrykiv.The artwork made over the pages of a book about Taras Shevchenko, a 19th century Ukr (...)
Carolyn Drake The Internat Children's Home, a Soviet-era institute wedged between the forest and the new suburb of Petrykiv. Ternopil, Petrokhiv. Ukraine. 2016. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake The Internat Children's Home, a Soviet-era institute wedged between the forest and the new suburb of Petrykiv. Ternopil, Petrokhiv. Ukraine. 2016. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Oksana with a leaf of cabbage from the garden of the Internat where she lives in isolation with more than 60 girls and women categorized as disabled. Ternopil, Petrokhiv. Ukraine. 2016. © Carolyn Drake | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake Marishka with spring flowers. Eighty girls live in near isolation in the Petrykhiv Children's building, a Soviet institution built in the 1960s to house girls with mental disabilities. Once a month (...)