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Magnum Contact Sheets

A touring exhibition in support of the book Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Photographers

Installation photo (c) David von Becker. 'Magnum Contact Sheets' exhibition at CO Berlin. Berlin, Germany. 2015.
Installation photo (c) Christian van der Kooy - Foam. 'Magnum Contact Sheets' exhibition at FOAM. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2015.
Herbert List Reconstructed contact sheet for the image Man and Dog in Portofino. Liguria, Italy. 1936. © Herbert List | Magnum Photos
Rene Burri Ernesto (Che) Guevara, Ministry of Industry. Havana, Cuba. 1961-1965. © Rene Burri | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Between shows. Fryeburg, Maine, USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Susan Meiselas Between shows. Fryeburg, Maine, USA. 1975. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr Last Resort contact sheet. Brighton, England. 1985. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Martin Parr From 'The Last Resort'. Brighton, England. 1983-85. © Martin Parr | Magnum Photos
Stuart Franklin 'The Tank Man' stopping the column of T59 tanks. Beijing, China. June 4, 1989. © Stuart Franklin | Magnum Photos
Mikhael Subotzky The entire Mallies family survive off Michelle's sex work and her father's disability grant. Digital contact sheet. Beaufort West, South Africa. 2006. © Mikhael Subotzky | Magnum Photos
Mikhael Subotzky The entire Mallies family survive off Michelle's sex work and her father's disability grant. Beaufort West, South Africa. 2006. © Mikhael Subotzky | Magnum Photos

Presenting a remarkable selection of contact sheets and related material by 67 Magnum photographers, Magnum Contact Sheets lays bare the creative methods, strategies and editing processes behind some of the world’s most iconic images — was the final image a set-up, or a serendipitous encounter; did the photographer work to extract the potential from a situation, or was it the fabled ‘decisive moment’?

A co-production of: Magnum Photos, Forte di Bard and Thames & Hudson