Square Print Sale

The Square Print Sale returns

Magnum has joined forces with The Photographers' Gallery in London for our Square Print Sale, coming to you in October.

Dancer's skirt, Feria in Sevilla, Spain, 1987 © Inge Morath © | Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos continues its 75th-anniversary celebrations with the latest in a series of three Square Print Sales looking back over its illustrious history, from 1947 to the present day.

The sale includes more than 120 signed or estate-stamped museum-quality 6×6” prints, all priced £100/€120/$100+tax, featuring photographs spanning the D-Day landings of 1944 to this year’s African Cup of Nations.

The sale opens at 9am Eastern Time on October 17 and runs through until 23.59pm ET on October 24.

The prints are available only for the duration of the one-week sale, never to be reprinted in the same size or format again.

Titled ‘Now’, part two of the trilogy will take place from Monday, October 17 to Sunday, October 23. The sale follows part one, ‘Precedents’, which took place in March, and will be followed by ‘Vital Signs’, scheduled for next spring.

The images from each of the three Magnum Square Print Sales form a triptych around the wider theme of ‘Then, Now, Next’, selected by each photographer and estate to tell a story from their archives. Each selection has been curated so that the images work alone or in dialogue with each other. The story behind each image, as written by the photographers and estates themselves, is shared alongside each print, and is signed or stamped by the estate.

For this second sale of the series, photographers and estates were asked to select an image from their archive that stands out to them today: an image perhaps that, in retrospect, they feel was pivotal in their career; or an image that reminds them of an experience or a moment, that has stood the test of time; or even an image that they feel captures their photographic voice within the storied 75-year old Magnum archive.

Lambis and Spyros in the Aegean, August 2022 © Enri Canaj/Magnum Photos.

For the October sale, Magnum has partnered with The Photographers’ Gallery in London, which has invited 31 artists it works with to join in by contributing their own iconic image. The participating artists and estates include Pentti Sammallahti, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Bert Hardy and the John Hinde Collection, alongside new contemporaries such as Felicity Hammond, Alma Haser and Luke Stephenson.

© John Hinde Collection
© Pentti Sammallahti.

For the first time in the Square Print Sale’s history, all the images will be on public preview at a pop-up exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, showing from October 17 to 23, while the sale is live.

And, in celebration of the upcoming sale in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery, we are giving away five Magnum Square Prints for free. Just enter your email here for the chance to win a print of your choice from the sale. You will also be the first to know about the sale, as well as any exclusive discounts and offers from the Magnum Shop.

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