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Peter Marlow The last days of Concorde. The 24th October, the last commercial flight lands at Heathrow. Plane spotter, Mary Heaney (53) a housewife from Slough. “I’m a Barry Manilow fan and you know what they (...)
Peter Marlow The last days of Concorde. Plane spotter, mother and daughter, Mrs. E. Thomas (78) and Mrs. L. Brown (53) watching Concorde prior to the aircraft retiring from service in October 2003. Heathrow Air (...)
Peter van Agtmael A portrait of Pamela Taylor with the binoculars she uses to look for migrants. Taylor is an 88-year-old English-American woman who married a Mexican-American in World War II and moved to the U.S. s (...)
Mark Power The A380 at the Paris Airshow (Le Bourget). Airbus: Building the A380. Paris, France. June 2005. © Mark Power | Magnum Photos
Carolyn Drake MONGOLIA. East Taiga. 2010. There are two shamans in this community in the taiga. This is Good Flower (Sain Tse Tseg). She is worried because one of her reindeer is missing. It might have been atta (...)
Martin Parr The members inclosure. Borrowdale Race course. Zimbabwe. 1995. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Diana Markosian Pat Peacock , 77, lives alone in her home in Smethwick. "A lot has changed here. I don't want to move. I am the last person from this block who remembers the war." Peacock now spends her time watch (...)
Alex Webb Binoculars. Sirkeci. Turkey, Istanbul. 2004. © Alex Webb | Magnum Photos

The open-air exhibition “Women with Binoculars” presents a curation of images by seven Magnum photographers: Carolyn Drake, Diana Markosian, Peter Marlow, Martin Parr, Mark Power, Peter van Agtmael and Alex Webb. This series, newly assembled by curator Enrique Muñoz García, shows women who are using binoculars to look at something taking place outside the frame. The presence of binoculars in the images tends to render the photographed women anonymous, and lets them be both the subject of the image and the agent. While the act of pointing one’s binoculars at something and visually tracking one’s target evokes surveillance, visual control, or military espionage – that is, actions often associated with the male gender – this new collection of photographs invites us to rethink the social and political role of women in our system of representation.

When: May 10 – June 2, 2019
Where: 
Streets of Biel, Switzerland.