Square Print Sale

Square Print Sale: New Contemporaries

We present five images from the Square Print Sale, together with their photographer's text....

The Magnum Square Print Sale returns next week — 9am EST on Monday, October 17 to 11:59pm EST on Sunday, October 2 — offering 122 museum quality  6×6” images.

Each print in the sale has its own signed or estate-stamped label, and most come with a text by the photographer or their descendant giving some context or poetic understanding of the work.

Here, we highlight five of the most contemporary photographs in the sale, alongside the picture’s accompanying text.

Guerrero. Mexico. December 31, 2020 by Yael Martínez
“Dawn rises and I look through my window at the first rays of the sun; I feel them on my skin and my blood gets warm.

“I hear how the wind passes through the windows of the house, how the cold gets through these blankets. Last night I had a dream, like those I had when my daughters came into this world. Those dreams felt as real as the moments of now.

“I look at the horizon that the mountains draw; I keep hearing the song of the mountain in my head. I feel at home in my town; I listen to the voices of the women.

“I feel like I am asleep in a dream that mixes with reality. We are probably not real, and we are just living the dream of someone who was before us.”

Michael. Portland, Oregon, USA. May 2015 by Bieke Depoorter
“I met Michael on the streets of Portland, Oregon, in 2015. When I asked him where he lived, he invited me into his home. I had the distinct feeling that being in this space was like having access to his mind. While Michael was sharing his thoughts with me, he started to pack two suitcases full of books with notes in the margins, collages, essays, letters, an old yearbook with annotations…

“He carried the suitcases to my car. Later, while I was back home in Belgium, I received a third green suitcase in which I found a hidden letter asking for my help. When I traveled back to Portland to see Michael in person, I found that he had disappeared.

“I decided to investigate his disappearance and to understand his life. I began to go through everything he sent me. It was clear to me that Michael wanted to be understood, and that he felt most comfortable communicating this potential understanding via stories, words, and most of all, images.”

Untitled. From the series Los Afortunados. Setat, Morocco. 2019 by Lúa Ribeira

“Forward then and watch out that no graduates, barbers, curates, canons or dukes disguised as Sancho gain admittance to the ranks of the holy squadron. No matter if they ask you for islands, it is what you must do to expel them as soon as they ask for the itinerary of the march, as soon as they talk to you of a program, as soon as they whisper in your ear, maliciously, asking for the sepulchre’s whereabouts. Follow the star, and do as the knight did: redress whatever wrong comes your way. Do now what must be done now, and do here what must be done here.”

An extract from The Life of Don Quixote and Sancho, by Miguel de Unamuno, 1904, translated by Anthony Kerrigan.

In the Ural Mountains on a film set. 2019by Nanna Heitmann

“Snow:
years of anger following
hours that float idly down —
the blizzard
drifts its weight
deeper and deeper for three days
or sixty years, eh? Then
the sun! a clutter of
yellow and blue flakes —
Hairy looking trees stand out
in long alleys
over a wild solitude.
The man turns and there —
his solitary track stretched out
upon the world.”

Blizzard, a poem by William Carlos Williams

Comb. Madhya Pradesh, India, 2013 by Sohrab Hura
“Pati is a place and people that I continue to return to. Conversations with people there have become even more important, and they guide me in the way I ‘look’ at the region.

“At first, fresh out of college after having completed my master’s degree in economics, and much younger than I am now, I may have arrogantly assumed that I understood the socio-economic workings of the places and people I had photographed. But returning to Pati over the years has changed all of that. I have been able to unlearn a lot of what I had assumed I knew, and a sense of familiarity enables me to recognize some of the nuances that I might have been blind to earlier. Oral histories within that region now gain precedence over anything that I might have learned on the outside through academia or otherwise.”

The entire collection of 122 prints in the sale can be seen in person at a pop-up exhibition at the gallery in central London from October 14 — a few days before the sale beings on the 17th — to the end, October 23.

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

To celebrate, 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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