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Explore the award-winning storytelling work of Magnum photographers here, or head to Magnum Pro to search and license photos from Magnum’s acclaimed image archive.

Leonard Freed Harlem Fashion Show. New York, USA. 1963 © Leonard Freed | Magnum Photos
Robert Capa © International Center of Photography US troops assault Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings. Normandy, France. June 6th, 1944. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri Ministry of Industry. Ernesto Guevara (Che), Argentinian politician, Minister of industry (1961-1965) during an exclusive interview in his office. Havana, Cuba. 1963. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
A. Abbas Muhammad ALI talks to the press during a training session in his camp. ALI-FOREMAN Boxing Fight. Kinshasa, Kaire. 1974. © A. Abbas | Magnum Photos
Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography Senator John F. Kennedy reaches his hands into a crowd while campaigning for the presidency. California, USA. 1960. © Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography | Magnum Photos
Eve Arnold Training activist not to react to provocation. Civil strike, Core group. Petersburg, Virginia, USA. 1960. © Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos
Henri Cartier-Bresson 'I am looking for any kind of work' sign hanging around the neck of this young German. Hamburg, West Germany. December 1952-January 1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson | Magnum Photos
George Rodger The Nubas. Kordofan, Sudan. 1949. © George Rodger | Magnum Photos

Join us on June 7 at the Barbican Centre as Mark Sealy, Curator and Director of Autograph ABP, and Diane Dufour, Director of LE BAL, who have each worked independently with the Magnum archive on individual projects, discuss the photographic archive as a site for cultural, historical and political contestation, exploring different approaches to working with archives.

Formed in 1947 as a photography collective, Magnum built its global reputation on representing photographers and preserving their authorship and creative control. Over its 70 year history, Magnum photographers generated a rich archive of prints and material which, in the pre-digital age, was the mainstay of its image licensing business. Magnum’s digital archive is an expanding resource and core part of Magnum’s commercial business.

The speakers will consider and reinterpret social, cultural and political inclinations that have shaped the archival content, and present their individual investigations.

This event is part of the Magnum Photos Now talks.

Tickets can be purchased from the Barbican Centre here.