A selection of historic Contact Sheets by Magnum photographers are available as high quality, unsigned, contemporary 16×20″ prints. These contact prints offer the opportunity to own a piece of Magnum’s history.

These black and white images are a portrait of Iran’s political atmosphere in 1979. This contact sheet shows images of the Iran hostage crisis, where US diplomats were held against their will for 444 days. Abbas photographs the Iranian crowd outside the United States Embassy in Tehran, with intimate close ups of armed militants alongside members of the crowd.

Abbas’ images in Iran during this time showcase the tension between the US and Iran and the failed attempt to free the hostages.

Giclée print, 16×20”, stamped w. Uneditioned.

Reproducing the original without alteration and enlarged to a 16″x20″ paper size, these Magnum Contacts offer a unique insight into the methods by which our photographers produced some of their best known images, by clearly showing the sequence of frames and the marks of the editing process on each sheet.

These prints are embossed ‘Magnum Photos Collection’ on the white border in the bottom right corner and hand stamped with the photographers copyright on the back.

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