Description

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.

This contact sheet captures a gathering of the Nuba tribe in the Korongo Jebels mountains, taken by George Rodger in Kordofan, Sudan, 1949. Featuring traditional festival and customs of the Nuba, including wrestling and spear fighting. One of Rodger’s widely known photographs of a Nuba wrestler is shown, hoisted and resting onto another tribe members’ shoulders after winning a match.

Rodger was the first photographer to enter the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in April 1945. In May he photographed the German surrender at Lüneburg for TIME and LIFE magazines. Traumatized by the experience of looking for ‘nice compositions’ in front of the dead, Rodger embarked on a 28,000-mile journey all over Africa and the Middle East, focusing on animal life, rituals, and ways of life that exist in a close relationship with nature.

In 1947 Rodger was invited to join Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and William Vandivert in founding Magnum Photos. His next major trip was a Cape-to-Cairo trans-Africa journey, during which he made extraordinary pictures of the Kordofan Nuba tribe, which first appeared in National Geographic in 1951. Africa remained a preoccupation for him for over thirty years.

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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