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Magnum Photos Releases New Square Print Project

A NEW Square Print Project launched by Magnum Photos celebrates the legacy of Polish documentary photographer and Magnum co-founder, David “Chim” Seymour. The project, entitled Conditions of the Heart: on empathy and connection in photography is inspired by Seymour’s exceptional ability to convey human emotion in his work. This project explores the relationship between photographer and subject and the significance of Seymour’s work on the practice of documentary photography. Featuring over seventy artists, the project is part of a series which examines the influence of the Magnum co-founders which also include Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and George Rodger.

Seymour, who began his career as a photojournalist in the 1930s is well known for his images of the Spanish Civil War. During the Second World War, he joined the United States Army as a photographic interpreter and afterwards, worked for UNICEF photographing the plight of orphaned children. Affected by wartime experiences, Seymour’s work became more socially conscious and acquired a greater sensitivity. Magnum photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Chim picked up his camera the way a doctor takes his stethoscope out of his bag, applying his diagnosis to the condition of the heart.

When Magnum photographer, Eve Arnold was seconded to Cuba to take magazine photographs, she encountered destitution on an unimaginable scale which affected her greatly. In desperation, a Cuban family, depicted here, implored her to adopt their daughter to save her from a life of prostitution and poverty.

CUBA. Bahia Honda. Fisherman and family. Island girl. 1954.Fisherman and family. Bahía Honda, Cuba. 1954. Courtesy of Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer, Paul Fusco took this photograph while travelling from New York to Washington, D.C. from a train carrying the dead body of Robert F. Kennedy. Fusco explained, “The people in this photograph had a meaningful connection with Kennedy and an appreciable reason to build a sign, stand in the heat and say goodbye to the man who had once offered them hope.”

USA. 1968. Robert KENNEDY funeral train.USA.USA. 1968. Robert Kennedy funeral train. Courtesy of Paul Frusco/Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer, Ian Berry was pleasantly surprised when he worked with the actor and singer Jane Birkin OBE and her partner, Serge Gainsbourg. Regarding most celebrities somewhat challenging, he found the pair ”warm, friendly and generally terrific” and, easy to photograph.

France. Paris. Jane Birkin OBE is an English actress and singer based in France. She is known for her relationship with Serge Gainsbourg and for having a Hermes bag named after her. In recent years she has written her own album, directed a film and become an outspoken proponent of democracy in Burma. Here she sits with Serge Gainsbourg in their Paris flat. 1970 Jane Birkin with Serge Gainsbourg, her husband at the time, in their Paris flat. 1970.
Courtesy of Ian Berry/Magnum Photos

The Magnum photographs on sale are museum quality prints and measure 6 x 6 inches. Each photograph is sighed and estate stamped and cost $100.

by Miranda Charalambous

The Magnum Square Print Sale, Conditions of the Heart: on empathy and connection in photography runs until November 4, 2016 at the Magnum Print Online Shop.
Email: shop@magnumphotos.com

Front page image: Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits. Reno, Nevada, 1960, Courtesy of Inge Morath/Magnum Photos

 

Magnum Photos Pinpoints Decisive Moments with Square Print Project

INSPIRED by a theory from the history of photography, Magnum Photos launch their Square Print Project in commemoration of the Magnum Photos co-founders, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger. A selection of high quality limited prints of classical and contemporary photography by leading Magnum photographers includes work by Martin Parr, Alex Webb, René Burri, Elliott Erwitt, Tim Hetherington, Newsha Tavakollian, Peter van Agtmael and Eve Arnold.

 

(in text) MAGNUM PHOTOSBrazil. Amazonas. Leticia, The Amazon river, 1966. Photograph: Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos

What defines the decisive moment? For American photographer, Alex Webb, it was the advent of Kodachrome, the film quality that  enabled him to capture the Amazon’s warm, muddy waters.

 

photography, classical, contemporaryCuba Havana, 1993. Photograph: Alex Webb/Magnum Photos

In contrast, Martin Parr describes his decisive moment as belonging to the Brighton Swimming Club as they waited to brave the unforgiving chill of the English Channel on a blustery day. However, decisive moments for Jonas Bendiksen are defined by immediacy in preparation and only achieved when the shutter is open.

 

photography, classical, contemporaryGermany. West Berlin. The Fall of the Berlin Wall.. East Berliners crossing into the West, in the
immediate aftermath of the opening of the Berlin Wall atCheckpoint Charlie at Midnight on November 9, 1989.
Photograph: Mark Power/Magnum Photos

by Miranda Charalambous

Signed copies of prints are available to buy from the Magnum Photos Online Shop until June 10, 2016  here

Front page image: Iran. Mahmoudabad. Caspian Sea, 2011. Imaginary CD cover for Sahar. Photograph: Newsha  Tavakolian/Magnum Photos