Square Print Sale

Square Print Sale Stories: The One It Came All This Way For

Fable, a Magnum Square Print Sale organized in partnership with Granta magazine, celebrates the art of storytelling through word and image.

From the project I Am About to Call It a Day, where Bieke Depoorter tried to find a new place to stay at people's homes every night. USA, 2012. © Bieke Depoorter / Magnum Photos

For more than 75 years, Magnum photographers have worked closely with writers to craft compelling narratives — intimate and grand alike. Titled “Fable,” this spring’s Magnum Square Print Sale marks the first time in the sale’s history that the cooperative is partnering with an esteemed literary magazine. Together with Granta, “Fable” explores the symbiosis of visual and written narratives.

During the online sale, running from April 29 to May 5, there will be 85 images available to purchase as limited-edition 6 x 6” prints. A selection of the images will be shown at events in Paris, London and New York, providing a rare opportunity to purchase Square Prints in person during the week of the sale and attend live signings.

In its 10-year history, the Square Print Sale has featured over 1600 images and 24 themes. With “Fable,” Magnum and Granta champion the lasting impact of stories and their tellers. Fables are foundational stories about human nature. Illustrating timeless truths about virtue and vice, they turn on the moral dilemmas that people face and teach universal lessons that are accessible and memorable through a combination of words and images.

Granta has commissioned three writers, Sara Baume, Victoria Adukwei Bulley and Derek Owusu, to muse on the work of 85 Magnum photographers, weaving stories inspired by a bespoke selection of images.

World heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali trains on the speedball. Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1966. © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos
Devil Goggles. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 1956. W. Eugene Smith © The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith / Magnum Photos

Victoria Adukwei Bulley is a poet, writer and artist. She is the winner of an Eric Gregory Award, Victoria and has held residencies in the US, Brazil and the V&A Museum in London. She is the recipient of a Technē scholarship for doctoral research at Royal Holloway, University of London. Her debut collection, Quiet, was published by Faber & Faber in 2022. It was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and won the Rathbones Folio Prize for Poetry and the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize.

For The One it Came All This Way For, Bulley produced four poems in response to 28 photographs, giving voice to the images via a series of fractal monologues.

Here, we explore the images that inspired Bulley’s reflections, as well as some excerpts from her piece.

Turkey farm. Macedonia, North Greece, 1988. © Nikos Economopoulos / Magnum Photos
Celebration of 100 years of National Unity. World War One nurses and soldiers at a reenactment. Iași, Romania, 2018. © Thomas Dworzak / Magnum Photos
Hotel in Akasaka area. Tokyo, Japan, 1996. © Gueorgui Pinkhassov / Magnum Photos
I dreamed of flying. Mexico, 2017. © Cristina García Rodero / Magnum Photos
Wall running is part of the training regimen of young practitioners learning martial arts at a training institute in China. Shaolin Academy, Henan Province, China, 2004. © Steve McCurry / Magnum Ph (...)
Water Droplets Like Stars. Intervened photography. Guerrero, Mexico, 2020. © Yael Martínez / Magnum Photos

“it will / not touch you they told us it will step over / you like a bad luck crack in the pavement”

— Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Snowballing priest. St. Peter’s Square, Rome, Italy, 1958. © Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos
Turkey, 1955. © Marc Riboud / Fonds Marc Riboud au MNAAG / Magnum Photos
The incongruities of daily life in the urban war zone. For years, the people of Northern Ireland lived in a strange and strained symbiosis with the occupying British army. Northern Ireland, 1973. © (...)
Carnival of Cologne. Germany, February 4, 2016. © Jérôme Sessini / Magnum Photos

“I’m a simple guy / all the furs & bright feathers won’t beat / the sunlight on my face like I’m the one it came / all this way for”

— Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Paris, France, January 31, 2023. © Peter van Agtmael / Magnum Photos
Moskva Hotel lavatory. Moscow, Russia, 1989. © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos
Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China, 2007. © Patrick Zachmann / Magnum Photos
At Pushkar, Rajasthan, India, 2000. © Raghu Rai / Magnum Photos
Hasakah region, Syria, 2023. © William Keo / Magnum Photos
Mila, a cat taken by Eva, 14, from Kramatorsk, at the temporary refugee shelter for Ukrainians in the city hall office building. Warsaw, Poland, March 27, 2022. © Rafał Milach / Magnum Photos
Near Essaouira, Morocco, 1990. © Bruno Barbey / Magnum Photos

“two eyes behind glass, you do not see / what they hold now, what will be held / for what’s left of their lives”

— Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Waves. Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France, 1984. © Jean Gaumy / Magnum Photos
From the book Mala Noche. Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1997. © Antoine d’Agata / Magnum Photos
Thailand, 1987. © Raymond Depardon / Magnum Photos

“it meant / you could be anyone / which meant you / could be you.”

— Victoria Adukwei Bulley

Luxembourg gardens. A leg disappears... Paris, 6th arrondissement, France, 2000. © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos
Jack and Miriam in bed in Bronxville, watching Jack's show. Bronxville, New York, USA, 1959. Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos
Pour Le Corbusier. Notre-Dame du Haut, France, 1955. © René Burri / Magnum Photos
On the road between Irkutsk and Lake Baikal, fences delineate the private plots on the collective farm, “Lenin's Way.” The woman is carrying a container of beet russel. The touch of red stands out (...)
Fog on the River Thames. London, England, 1954. © Inge Morath / Magnum Photos

Read the full poems, The One it Came All This Way For by Victoria Adukwei Bulley, on Granta’s website from Monday, April 29. 

See an image that you like? 
The sale, featuring 85 signed or estate-stamped Square Prints from the Magnum archive, runs on the Magnum Online Store from Monday, April 29 through Sunday, May 5, 2024. 

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