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Past Exhibition

Magnum Retold

A new exhibition asks contemporary Magnum photographers to revisit some of the most iconic photo series from the agency's long and varied history

Olivia Arthur Sophia, Scottish of Irish-Pakistani heritage. Glasgow, Scotland. 2017. © Olivia Arthur | Magnum Photos

On the occasion of Magnum’s 70th anniversary, Magnum Retold celebrates the powerful legacy of documentary storytelling throughout the agency’s history through to the present day.

The exhibition, supported by Olympus UK, will showcase a series that reflects both the importance and beauty of stories shot by Magnum’s earliest photographers and their ongoing resonance, not only for Magnum photographers, but for all of us in today’s fast-changing world.

Asked to consider an archival story that had influenced, or inspired their practice, contemporary Magnum photographers each chose a story that meant something to them personally or on a topical subject that they wished to re-visit today.

Thomas Dworzak Military Airshow MAX 2017, Moscow, Russia. 2017/07-08. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos
Thomas Dworzak Miss Moscow pre-selection. The woman in camouflage is a graduate of the FSB academy and insisted on appearing in uniform. Moscow, Russia. 2017/07-08. © Thomas Dworzak | Magnum Photos

In the exhibition, we see new work by a selection of Magnum photographers, who each respond to the project in their own manner. Olivia Arthur references the Children of Europe project shot by founder David Seymour in the years after The Second World War; Thomas Dworzak, and journalist Julius Strauss, retraced the steps of Robert Capa and writer John Steinbeck through Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia in A Russian Journal.

Thomas Hoepker Plaza Echaurren, Valparaiso, Chile. 2017. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos
Thomas Hoepker Valparaiso, Chile. 2017. © Thomas Hoepker | Magnum Photos

Thomas Hoepker pays tribute to the poetic work of Sergio Larrian in Valparaiso; and Moises Saman, with Marco Bischof, followed in the final footsteps of Werner Bischof as he was documenting life in the Peruvian mountains when he tragically died in a road accident.

Moises Saman A baptism in the river Marañon, near the village of Chagual, La Libertad region, Peru. Magnum photographer Werner Bischof died in a car accident near Chagual in May of 1954. Chagual, La Libertad, P (...)
Moises Saman Young men watching a festival in the mining town of Parcoy. Parcoy, Peru. September, 2017. © Moises Saman | Magnum Photos
Moises Saman The road known as "Serpiente de Oro" (Golden Snake) climbing up the Andes from the town of Chagual toward the gold mines of Parcoy, in the La Libertad region of northern Peru. Magnum photographer W (...)