Magnum is honoured to announce its return to Photo London 2021 staged at Somerset House from 9 to 12 September 2021. For this edition of the fair, Magnum booth (G26) will feature vintage, posthumous and modern prints by Antoine d’Agata, Eve Arnold, Bruno Barbey, Matt Black, René Burri, Robert Capa, Ernest Cole, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, Bruce Gilden, Harry Gruyaert, Philippe Halsman, Hiroji Kubota,  Sergio Larrain, Marc Riboud, Sim Chi-Yin, and Alex Webb.

“What do you hang on the walls of your mind?” Eve Arnold is known to have asked. This enigmatic quote spotlights photographers’ roles as both thinkers and artists and provides the inspiration for Magnum’s presence at Photo London. This year’s curatorial framework resonates deeply with today’s politics while also reflecting Magnum photographers’ singular visions as interpreters of world events.

Magnum’s presentation will reveal insights into culture, social issues, humanism, and history. Oscillating between artistic vision and documentary investigation, the photographers on view have captured people, cities and landscapes around the globe, chronicling historical and political events and moments of humanity. Philippe Halsman’s phenomenal vintage portrait of Winston Churchill takes centre stage in the booth.

Three stunning vintage prints by Magnum founder Robert Capa from 1936 and 1938 depict Republican soldiers on the Aragon front, here by capturing the brutal realities of the Spanish Civil War.

Eve Arnold’s iconic portrait of Human Rights Activist Malcolm X, taken in Chicago in 1962, and Hiroji Kubota’s Black Panthers’ protest in the snow, also shot in Chicago in 1969, will be in dialogue with a poignant portrait by Bruce Davidson of two young people, shot in the streets of Harlem, New York, in 1966, an area of the city where the Civils Rights Movement took shape.

Also on view at the fair in London will be Marc Riboud’s 1967 legendary photograph showing an American girl confronting the National Guard outside the Pentagon during the anti-Vietnam march.

Recently acquired by Tate, Ernest Cole’s oeuvre  chronicled the horrors of apartheid. In 1966, he fled the Republic of South Africa to the USA, where he concentrated on street photography in primarily urban settings. On view at Photo London will be Cole’s vintage photograph ‘Newspapers are her carpet, fruit crates her chairs and table’, 1960-1966, depicting an interior scene from the legendary body of work, House of Bondage.

Known for his graphic and often confrontational close-ups made using flash, Bruce Gilden’s images have a degree of intimacy and directness that have become his signature. A series of his NYC shots exploring similar observations on humanity will be highlights of the booth.

René Burri’s exceptional vintage photograph will be another highlight of the presentation. The composition features a family from Nordeste, Brazil, 1960, observing the city of Brasilia on inauguration day. The background features the grand and innovative architecture of Oscar Niemeyer and contrasts with the workers’ position in the space.

A vibrant, lighter and poetic direction will also be examined on the stand through the work of Harry Gruyaert’s stunning view of County Kerry, Ireland, 1988. Harry Gruyaert retrospective, Helmond, Netherlands, is running until the 19th of September 2021. Alongside Gruyaert’s beautiful landscape scenes will be the late Bruno Barbey’s rare Cibachrome and digital prints from Portugal in 1993, which are included in Passages, the catalogue of Bruno Barbey’s career-spanning retrospective exhibition of his work. Two of Alex Webb’s vibrant scenes from Haiti and Mexico will also be on view.

Press Release – Photo London 2021

Philippe Halsman British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Chartwell, UK, 1951 Vintage gelatin silver print 34.6 x 25.4cm | 14 x 10 inches (paper) 34.6 x 25.4cm | 14 x 10 inches (image) Not editioned

Robert Capa Spain, Near Fraga, Aragon front, Loyalist troops during an offensive along the Rio Segre. (From the Mexican Suitcase), 7th November 1938 Vintage silver gelatin print 24 x 30 cm | 10 x 8 inches (paper) 18.3 x 27 cm | 7.5 x 11 inches (image)

Robert Capa Spain, Aragon front, Battle of Teruel, Republican soldiers inside the Governor's Palace, the last bastion of the Fascist resistance. Earlier that day the Republicans had detonated mines powerful enough to blow away an entire wall, 3rd January 1938 Vintage silver gelatin print 24 x 30 cm | 10 x 8 inches (paper) 18.3 x 27 cm | 7.5 x 11 inches (image)

Robert Capa Spain, Aragon Front, Republican soldiers, August-September 1936 Vintage silver gelatin print 24 x 30 cm | 10 x 8 inches (paper) 18.3 x 27 cm | 7.5 x 11 inches (image)

Eve Arnold Two young black models check their make-up backstage at the Abyssinian Church, Harlem, New York, U.S.A, 1960 Lifetime gelatin silver print Signed 57.8 x 57.8 cm | 23 x 23 inches (paper) 50.4 x 50.4 cm | 20 x 20 inches (image) Not editioned

Bruce Davidson East 100th Street, New York, U.S.A, 1966 Modern gelatin silver print Signed 28 x 36 cm | 11 x 14 inches (paper) 24.5 x 31 | 9.5 x 12 inches (image)

Marc Riboud An American young girl, Jan Rose Kasmir, confronts the American National Guard outside the Pentagon during the 1967 anti-Vietnam march, Washington D.C., U.S.A, 1967 Lifetime gelatin silver print Signed 49 x 60 cm | 19.5 x 24 inches (paper) 37.8 x 56.5 cm | 15 x 22.5 inches (image) Not editioned

Hiroji Kubota Black Panthers protesting, Chicago, U.S.A,1969 Lifetime gelatin silver print Signed 34.7 x 47.3 cm | 13.5 x 18.5 inches (paper) 26.8 x 39.8 cm | 10 x 15.5 inches (image) Not editioned

Alex Webb Jumping, Boquillas, Mexico, 1979 Digital C-print Signed 50 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches (paper) 47 x 72 cm | 18.5 x 28 inches (image) Edition 11 /20

Alex Webb Etroits, La Gonave, Haïti, 1986 Digital C-print Signed 50 x 76.2 cm | 20 x 30 inches (paper) 47 x 72 cm | 18.5 x 28 inches (image) Edition 2/20

René Burri Worker from Nordeste shows his family the new city on inauguration day, Brasilia, Brazil, 1960 Gelatin silver print Signed 40 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 inches (paper) 30 x 40 cm | 12 x 16 inches (image) Not editioned

Bruno Barbey, Obidos, Portugal, 1993 Lifetime Cibachrome Signed 32.5 x 48.8 cm | 12.5 x 19 inches (image) 43.2 x 52.7 cm | 17 x 20.5 inches (paper) Not editioned

Bruno Barbey, Portugal, 1993 Lifetime archival pigment print Signed 40 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 inches (paper) 33 cm x 49.5 cm | 13 x 19.5 inches (image) Not editioned

Sergio Larrain London, UK, 1959 Vintage gelatin silver print 25 x 17 cm | 10 x 7 inches (paper) 25 x 17 cm | 10 x 7 inches (image) Not editioned

Harry Gruyaert High Atlas, Morocco, 1998 Pigment print 67 x 94 cm | 26.5 x 37 inches (paper) 53 x 80 cm | 21 x 31.5 inches (image) Edition 2/8

Harry Gruyaert County Kerry, Ireland, 1988 Archival pigment print Signed 67 x 94 cm | 26.5 x 37 inches (paper) 53 x 80 cm | 21 x 31.5 inches (image) Edition 2/8

Bruce Gilden New York City, New York, U.S.A, 1984 Modern gelatin silver print 40.5 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 inches (paper) 32.5 x 48 cm | 12.5 x 19 inches (image) Edition 15/20

Bruce Gilden New York City, New York, U.S.A, 1978 Modern gelatin silver print 40.5 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 inches (paper) 32.5 x 48 cm | 12.5 x 19 inches (image) Edition 2/12

Bruce Gilden New York City, New York, U.S.A, 1979 Modern gelatin silver print Signed 40.5 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 inches (paper) 32.5 x 48 cm | 12.5 x 19 inches (image) Edition 1/12

Bruce Gilden New York City, New York, U.S.A, 1979 Modern gelatin silver print Signed 40.5 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 inches (paper) 32.5 x 48 cm | 12.5 x 19 inches (image) Edition 2/12

Ernest Cole Newspapers are her carpet, fruit crates are her chairs and table, South Africa, 1960 Vintage gelatin silver print Unsigned (no Cole vintage prints are signed) 17.8 cm x 24.1 cm | 7 x 9.5 inches (paper) 17.8 cm x 24.1 cm | 7 x 9.5 inches (image)

House of Bondage, 1967 – 2021 One hundred silver gelatin prints in special portfolio box set, printed by Dennis da Silva Size: Each print 16” x 20” 2/5.

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