Turning Points, the April 2020 Magnum Square Print Sale in collaboration with The Everyday Projects, brings together a selection of over 120 images by international photographers and visual artists. The participating photographers have scoured personal archives in search of images that represent changes in the course of history, society, a life, or an artistic practice.
When this theme was settled upon, few involved foresaw the changes that would develop across the globe over coming weeks. With the world facing unprecedented challenges in the face of a sprawling pandemic, reflections around personal fulcrums, social tipping-points, and geo-political crossroads seem eerily apt. Magnum photographers will be donating 50% of their proceeds from the sale to Médecins Sans Frontières’s COVID-19 emergency response. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. Magnum photographers have worked regularly with MSF for more than 40 years.
Learn more about their efforts here.
Update: We are delighted to announce that a private charitable donor will now match Magnum photographers’ donations, up to $500,000.
This sale also represents the first collaboration between Magnum Photos and The Everyday Projects, a global network that began as Everyday Africa in 2012. Their aim was to challenge media-driven stereotypes that were affecting the continent by sharing images of everyday life made by a community of contributing photographers living or working there extensively. The viral success of this first iteration of the project led to an expanding international movement with like-minded storytellers worldwide using photography to combat cliché and celebrate global commonalities.
These images are now available as 6”x6” museum quality prints for one week only. The images are accompanied by statements from the photographers and estates, reproduced on archival-quality labels on the reverse of the print. You can see the full curation and read these texts in the slideshow above, and on the Magnum Shop, here.
Turning points occur on a scale that spans extremes; the global or national, and the most personal of moments. Photographers by their trade and disposition are often well placed to record events that shape the course of history, yet the nature of artistic practice means that changes within their own craft and outlook are also reflected and documented in the images they make. The texts that accompany these images hint toward chance experiments which redirect long-established practices, life-changing experiences in the face of conflict and social unrest, personal milestones in an artist’s life or career, and of course the moments in time – captured on camera – which rerouted history.
These 121 prints, all signed or estate-stamped, are available for $100 each until 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 12. You can see the full selection in the slideshow above, and on the Magnum Shop, here.