Magnum Photos at Paris Photo 2018
A selection of vintage and contemporary works by Magnum photographers will be showcased at the international photography fair in Paris this year
For Paris Photo 2018, Magnum Photos presents a selection of early vintage material as well as cutting-edge contemporary work. The younger generation of Magnum photographers is pushing the boundaries of photographic language and exploring new forms of expression. Mikhael Subotzky’s photographic work combines the directness of the social documentary mode with a questioning of the nature of the photographic medium. Smashed Works show how Subotzky holds a particular tension with regards to the representational relationship between himself, the subject and the viewer. In Geography of Poverty, Matt Black combines geotagged images with census data to document conditions in the Central Valley’s communities. Cristina de Middel investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth, playing with reconstructions and archetypes in order to build a more layered understanding of the subject she approaches.
A selection of vintage prints from the archives traces the history of the agency. Very rare prints by Abbas, René Burri, and Werner Bischof, among others, cover several geographies and historic moments. Their unique value is based on the fact that their back tells a new, parallel story to that of the front, thanks to a multitude of stamps and notes. An apparatus with double-sided frames allows viewers to see both sides of the print at the same time.
Exhibited Magnum photographers at Paris Photo this year also includes Peter van Agtmael, Jonas Bendiksen, Ernest Cole, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, Bruce Gilden, Harry Gruyaert, Susan Meiselas, and Newsha Tavakolian.