Past Pop UP

The Medium is the Message: Magnum Pop-Up at the Barbican Centre

A week-long series of free and interactive talks and events in the Barbican's foyer

Mark Power Crowds watch the funeral of Pope John Paul II, broadcast live from the Vatican on large video screens. Warsaw, Poland. 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos

Technology and its impact on our world is arguably the most critical story of the 21st Century. Societal changes led by technological developments, are affecting almost every aspect of our lives.

Photography is uniquely placed to mediate the dialogue about man and technology as both medium and message. This year, Magnum Photos is embarking on a new content programme to document this relationship and as part of our ongoing partnership with the Barbican, we will populate the pavilion with a programme that looks at individual projects and photographic approaches that address the topic.

During the week long takeover, Magnum will invite the audience to engage creatively around the concept of “Life Rewired” – the Barbican’s theme for 2019 – through informal presentations of work, creative experiments and conversations. The Hub will be populated by Magnum books, and images and short films will be shown.

This series of events is part of a wider programme organised in conjunction with Magnum’s annual meeting, which includes a one-day symposium at the Barbican on 26 June. More info and tickets here.

Trent Parke No.309. Candid portrait of a man on a street corner. Adelaide. Australia. 2013. © Trent Parke | Magnum Photos


All sessions are drop in, no booking required

Lunch-time editing workshops: The Language of Pictures.
Join Magnum Photos staff to explore visual storytelling in this one hour informal workshop. Participants will work in groups, using prints from Magnum’s archive, to explore editing, sequencing and creating narrative on the subject of our relationship to technology.

Monday 24 June
1pm – 2pm: Editing workshop – capacity: 30 people

2 – 3.00pm: Sophie Wright, Global Cultural Director at Magnum Photos discusses Magnum’s history of taking photographs around the theme of Humanity and Technology and some of the thinking behind this week’s programme.

5 – 6:30pm: In conversation: Gueorgui Pinkhassov

Tuesday 25 June
1pm – 2pm: Editing workshop – capacity: 30 people

5 – 6.30pm: In Conversation: Stuart Franklin; book signing of Analogies

Wednesday 26 June
1pm – 2pm: Editing workshop – capacity: 30 people

5 – 6.30pm: In Conversation: Thomas Dworzak

Thursday 27 June
1pm – 2pm: Editing workshop – capacity: 30 people

5.30 – 7.00pm: Mark Power in conversation with Stuart Smith of Gost books

Friday 28 June
1pm – 2pm: Editing workshop – capacity: 30 people

5 – 6.30pm: Book signing: Alec Soth

Saturday 29 June
1pm – 2pm: Editing workshop – capacity: 30 people

5 – 6.30pm: Book signing: Sohrab Hura

Sunday 30 June
11am – 12pm: In conversation: Trent Parke on Skype, calling from Australia and discussing his project The Camera is God, on show at the Magnum Print Room.

1pm – 2pm: Editing workshop – capacity: 30 people

5 – 6.30pm: TBC

This series of events was made possible thanks to Wex Photo Video and Fujifilm UK

For enquiries relating to the symposium, please email Jack Minto

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