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Matt Black: AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY
Premiering at the Magnum gallery in London and online, AMERICAN GEOGRAPHY explores themes of inequality against the backdrop of the American Dream.
Matt Black travelled from 2014 to 2020 over 100,000 miles, through 46 states, finding that he could cross the country without ever crossing above the poverty line. Visiting communities with a poverty rate above 20 percent, each two hours or less away from each other, he created an alternate map of the U.S. exposing its deep and prevalent inequalities.
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for over three decades, documenting international conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary society. Placing particular emphasis on individual frames, McCurry has produced some of the most recognizable photographs of the 20th century. His image of a young Afghan refugee with piercing eyes—the June 1985 cover of National Geographic—has become one of the most distinctive in photographic history. Speaking of his practice, McCurry has said: “What matters most is that each picture stands on its own, with its own place and feeling.”
Sim Chi Yin
Sim Chi Yin’s work combines deep research with intimate storytelling. Drawn to far-reaching themes, Chi Yin has explored varied stories: from the anti-colonial resistance in British Malaya, to the threat of nuclear weaponry, to the damage being caused by the global sand trade.
At 19 years old, Jonas Bendiksen worked as an intern at Magnum Photos' London office, where he made tea, answered phones and fell in love with the photographic archive. Today, he is a full member of the agency and produces work for some of the most esteemed publications in the world. Fascinated by liminal communities and the people they comprise, Bendiksen's work has taken him from scattered former Soviet republics to some of the world's fast-growing urban slums. His sharply evocative images explore themes of society, faith and identity with unsparing honesty.
David Seymour Collection
Born in Warsaw, Dawid Szymin—later known as David ‘Chim’ Seymour—embarked upon a career of freelance photography that would eventually lead him to meet Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 1947, along with several others, the pair founded Magnum Photos. Chim's education in the arts gave him a visual acuity that counterbalanced his empathetic eye, allowing him to capture striking images that were deeply human without being sentimental.
Thomas Hoepker Collection
Thomas Hoepker began his photographic career in the 1960s and made his reputation through impactful reportage and stylish color features, working on stories as varied as the culture of the Mayan people, the rise of Muhammad Ali and the politics and everyday life in East Berlin, before the wall fell.
The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel
Making skilled use of both documentary and conceptual practices, Cristina de Middel investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. While working as a photojournalist, de Middel’s passion for finding unconventional angles led to the acclaimed series The Afronauts. The project explores the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s, through staged reenactments of obscure narratives, challenging the traditional depiction of the African continent.
Born in Illinois, Bruce Davidson began taking pictures at the tender age of ten. As a teenager, he continued to develop his knowledge and passion for photography before being drafted into the US army and eventually stationed near Paris. There he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, who would become a close friend and facilitate Davidson's induction into Magnum Photos. Approaching the lives of his subjects with sensitivity and respect, his photographs express a desire to observe, understand, and celebrate the complexity of individuals and their communities.
Born in Paris in 1928 to Russian parents, Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan before emigrating to the US with his family via France. In 1953, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos where he rose to fame and produced work for such luminaries as Collier’s, Look, LIFE, Holiday. He has made significant bodies of work in America, Cuba, the UK, France, Italy and beyond. Erwitt’s images have become known for benevolent irony and a humanistic sensibility traditional to the spirit of Magnum.
For the last fifteen years, Gregory Halpern has been photographing in Omaha, Nebraska, steadily compiling a lyrical, if equivocal, response to the American Heartland. Omaha Sketchbook is ultimately a meditation on America, on the men and boys who inhabit it, and on the mechanics of aggression, inadequacy, and power.
Antoine d'Agata: VIRUS
From the first day of confinement following the outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic, Antoine d’Agata roamed the streets of Paris with a thermal camera to record the viral epidemic that turned the city into a strange theatre of wandering souls, bowed heads and fleeing bodies.
Working between Russia and Germany, Nanna Heitmann is a documentary photographer in the truest sense. Set apart by her innate curiosity for untold stories, her work often deals with questions of isolation – physical, social and spiritual – as well as the ways in which people interact with their surroundings.
David Hurn began his career as a self-taught freelance photographer and gained an early reputation with his reportage of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. Hurn eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs, preferring to take a more personal approach to photography. Of his style, he has said: "Life, as it unfolds in front of the camera, is full of so much complexity, wonder, and surprise that I find it unnecessary to create new realities. There is more pleasure, for me, in things as they are."
Having dedicated much of his career to documenting conflict, Capa once said, "the war photographer's most fervent wish is for unemployment". Although his flair for war photography would eventually bring about his demise - Capa was killed by a landmine in 1954 while on assignment in Indochina - his work stands as some of the most significant in the Magnum archive.
Yael Martínez’s work addresses fractured communities in his native Mexico. He often works symbolically to evoke a sense of emptiness, absence, and pain suffered by those affected by organized crime in the region.
Danny Lyon is one of the most significant American photographers of the last half century to renew the documentary tradition's concern with social justice. He was shaped by his experience covering the unrest of the 1960s in his role as staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, where he met and forged a lifelong friendship with John Lewis.
Describing himself as a “historian of the present”, Abbas dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. In a career that spanned six decades, he covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid. The result of a process described by Abbas as “writing with light”, his images occupy a niche that spans both photojournalism and art.
This collection draws together works that, while taken across a range of different countries, all epitomize Abbas’ singular approach to capturing the essence of both people and places.
Harry Gruyaert: Morocco
While Gruyaert became fascinated by the power of colour when he first moved to Paris in the 1960s, and subsequently on his first trip to New York in 1968 where he saw the works of Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, his revelation that colour photography was his preferred medium came from his very first trip to Morocco in 1969. Reminiscent of artists Eugène Delacroix and Henri Matisse, this revelation had a long-lasting impact on Gruyaert’s oeuvre which he decided to entirely dedicate to colour photography.
Bieke Depoorter: AgataExplore Collection
Born in Latvia in 1906, Philippe Halsman was as unusual a photographer as he was prolific. Over the course of his career, Halsman produced reportage and covers for most major American magazines, including a staggering 101 covers for Life magazine. His assignments brought him face-to-face with many of the century’s leading personalities. While technically gifted, Halsman’s true gift lay in encouraging his many subjects to pose naturally for the camera.
Ferdinando SciannaExplore Collection
Sabiha Çimen is a self-taught photographer, focusing on women, Islamic culture, portraiture and still life. Working with nostalgia in her images, and drawing on psychological connections with the subjects of her photos to create her visual “autobiography”, Çimen documents a rarely-seen world exploring the dreams and adventures of young Muslim women in Turkey. Çimen joined Magnum as a Nominee in 2020.
Herbert ListExplore Collection
Stuart FranklinExplore Collection
Bruce Gilden is one of the most iconic street photographers of our time. Known for his graphic and often confrontational close-ups made using flash, his images have a degree of intimacy and directness that have become a signature in his work. Though he cut his teeth on the sidewalks of New York City where he grew up, he has since made significant bodies of work in Haiti, Japan, Moscow, France, Ireland and India. “I’m known for taking pictures very close,” says Gilden of his practice. “And the older I get, the closer I get.”
Elliott LandyExplore Collection
Disliking the ‘superficiality and sensationalism’ of the magazine business, Werner Bischof devoted much of his working life to looking for order and tranquility in traditional culture. Despite this he worked on commission in Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Indochina. In 1953, he traveled throughout Mexico and Panama, and then on to a remote part of Peru, where he was engaged in making a film. Tragically, Bischof died in a road accident in the Andes on 16 May 1954.
Hiroji KubotaExplore Collection
Raymond Depardon, born in France in 1942, began taking photographs on his family farm in Garet at the age of 12. He joined the Dalmas agency in Paris in 1960 as a reporter, and in 1966 he co-founded the Gamma agency, reporting from all over the world. From 1974 to 1977, as a photographer and filmmaker, he covered the kidnap of a French ethnologist, François Claustre, in northern Chad. Alongside his photographic career, he began to make documentary films: 1974, Une Partie de Campagne and San Clemente. He has since made eighteen feature-length films and published forty-seven books. Depardon joined Magnum in 1978. He is based in Paris.
Brother to Magnum co-founder Robert Capa, Cornell Capa first discovered a passion for photography while helping to develop prints for his brother, as well as for Henri Cartier-Bresson and David “Chim” Seymour. Driven by a humanitarian impulse, Capa referred to himself and other like-minded image-makers as “concerned photographers”: photographers who aim not just to document the world around them but to change it for the better.
Rafal MilachExplore Collection
Mark Power: Good Morning, America
Mark Power’s long-term photographic survey of America grapples with the complexities of its culture and politics. This selection from Good Morning America provides a visual narrative of a country in the midst of change.