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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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Since its inception, Magnum Photos has been holding an Annual General Meeting in either New York, London or Paris. The AGM brings together Magnum photographers, photographer estates and the agency’s international staff to discuss company business.

It’s a creative meeting of minds; an opportunity to review work, discuss the year ahead and voting on potential new member, associate and nominee photographers. Alongside business decisions Magnum programs an exciting schedule of public events, allowing our audience a greater connection to Magnum and our photographers.

The 2017 AGM took place in New York City, alongside a diverse program of anniversary activity including the exhibition Magnum Manifesto at the International Center of Photography. Meetings were held at Neuehouse Madison Square and included presentations by Sony Digital Imaging and, for the first time, external speakers.

The assembly marked the first meeting since Magnum announced it will take outside investment for the first time in its 70 year history. The AGM agenda focused on the agency’s growth, content creation and digital future. Nicole Junkermann, one of two new investors, joined the Magnum community in New York.

The official 70th anniversary party, held at The Museum of Modern Art, brought Magnum back to where it was founded in 1947. The reception was attended by Magnum photographers including early members Elliott Erwitt and Bruce Davidson and included a special Magnum anniversary presentation by Samsung’s new device, ‘The Frame’.

During the AGM, the following motions were passed:

  • Matt Black becomes an Associate
  • Carolyn Drake becomes an Associate
  • Newsha Tavakolian becomes an Associate

Magnum also welcomes three new photographers who join as Magnum Nominees:

  • Enri Canaj (Albania)
  • Emin Ozmen (Turkey)
  • Cristina de Middel (Spain)

Max Pinkers and Michael Christopher Brown will be leaving the agency.

After three and a half years, Martin Parr steps down as Magnum Photos President and will be replaced by Thomas Dworzak. Magnum welcomes new regional Vice Presidents Paolo Pellegrin for New York, Olivia Arthur for London, Mark Power for Tokyo and Jerome Sessini for Paris.

Thomas Dworzak, newly elected President of Magnum Photos said:

“It’s a great honor to be elected President in Magnum’s 70th year. We have had an extremely productive AGM and we continue to look ahead with the acceptance of three exciting new photographers, whom we look forward to working with this year.”

David Kogan, Chief Executive of Magnum Photos said:

“We’ve had an extremely successful, forward-thinking AGM complemented by a fantastic program of anniversary events celebrating both our heritage and contemporary contribution to photography. This AGM marked a new beginning for Magnum Photos and we look forward to implementing the plan in due course.”