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.

“Par delà la réalité” (Beyond reality), Athens, Greece 1937

“‘To each his own reality,” a phrase List was fond of using, shows what was at stake for him. It is a free translation of the title of Pirandello’s comedy Ciascuno a suo modo (1925). By blurring the distinctions between stage and audience, actor and character, in his theatre within the theatre, Pirandello sought to strip away man’s facial masks and the playacting in his behaviour, and to reveal the underlying truth. List, operating with optical paradoxes, follows his example. His quarry photographs, taken at Lycabettus of Athens, have something of antique open air theatre about them. Reminiscent of Cocteau’s films in their use of mirrors, they enact images and apparitions in broad daylight. These pictures vex our understanding by setting up various forms of interplay, between statue and living figure, antiquity or present, as also between male and female — the cloth-draped figures looking like women are in fact youths. Draperies, which appear as if tenanted by human forms, constitute an in between stage.” – Günter Metken, Fotografie Metafisica

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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