Magnum Photos is the world's most famous and influential photographic agency, and its Members have been responsible for many of the most celebrated photographs of the last six decades.
We are delighted to present an exhibition featuring a single photograph by each of the agency's 62 Member photographers.
After the Second World War four photographers had a vision. Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger understood the way that media would change over the coming years, and they wanted to change the way the magazines of their generation were monopolising the photographic industry. In 1947 they founded Magnum Photos, the world's longest surviving artist co-operative, which forever changed intellectual property, copyright and the way the modern world received photography. During the Second World War, such photographs as those taken by Capa during the D-Day landings had made more impact on the public consciousness than words. The old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words' was about to be proven an understatement. With the increase in the amount of printed media, and simpler reproduction techniques, photography was about to completely change the way that journalism presented itself, and Magnum was to play a large part in the revolution.
Over the next 65 years, Magnum photographers contributed thousands of images to the history of photography, writing the rulebook for photojournalism along the way. Combining innovative photography with integrity, and often bravery, Magnum's photographers have covered many of the significant world events during the agency's existence. Collectively they have provided fresh insight into international politics and culture, shown the reality of conflicts and disasters, harnessed the growing power of celebrity, and consistently influenced world-wide opinion.
Becoming a Member of Magnum has always been a rigorous process, taking at least four years. It begins with a photographer submitting his or her portfolio to existing Members at Magnum's Annual General Meeting. If a majority vote is passed then a preliminary 'Nominee' status, lasting two years, is awarded before the photographer submits a further, extended portfolio to become an 'Associate'. A further two years later the photographer can apply for full membership, becoming a shareholder of the company and obtaining voting rights if successful.
|CHRIS ANDERSON||ABBAS ATTAR||BRUNO BARBEY||JONAS BENDIKSEN|
|IAN BERRY||WERNER BISCHOF||CORNELL CAPA||ROBERT CAPA|
|CHIEN-CHI CHANG||ANTOINE D'AGATA||CARL DE KEYZER||RAYMOND DEPARDON|
|THOMAS DWORZAK||NIKOS ECONOMOPOULOS||ELLIOTT ERWITT||MARTINE FRANCK|
|STUART FRANKLIN||LEONARD FREED||PAUL FUSCO||CRISTINA GARCIA RODERO|
|JEAN GAUMY||BRUCE GILDEN||BURT GLINN||JIM GOLDBERG|
|HARRY GRUYAERT||ERIC HARTMANN||DAVID ALAN HARVEY||THOMAS HOEPKER|
|DAVID HURN||RICHARD KALVAR||JOSEF KOUDELKA||HIROJI KUBOTA|
|GUY LE QUERREC||ALEX MAJOLI||CONSTANTINE MANOS||PETER MARLOW|
|STEVE MCCURRY||SUSAN MEISELAS||INGE MORATH||TRENT PARKE|
|MARTIN PARR||PAOLO PELLEGRIN||GUEORGUI PINKHASSOV||MARK POWER|
|ELI REED||GEORGE RODGER||ALESSANDRA SANGUINETTI||FERDINANDO SCIANNA|
|DAVID SEYMOUR||CHRIS STEELE-PERKINS||DENNIS STOCK||MIKHAEL SUBOTZKY|
|LARRY TOWELL||JOHN VINK||ALEX WEBB||DONOVAN WYLIE|