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6 January 2013 01:25 pm

Magnum 65 Years

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Date: Jan 8 - Feb 12
Time: 10AM - 10PM
Venue: Katara Gallery 1 & 2 (Building 13)

Magnum Photos was founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour, four photographers pursuing independence to witness world events and the protection of their authorship through copyright.

Henri Cartier Bresson set the agency’s fundamental values and mission: Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually. Today, the cooperative brings together sixty leading photographer members active all over the world.

In the context of a unique series of collaborative projects between the Cultural Village Foundation, Katara and Magnum Photos planned for 2013, Magnum 65 is the first exhibition and associated workshops run by Magnum Photographers, which presents the legacy and contemporary role of Magnum Photos’ historic and living archive in dialogue with Qatari photographic practitioners and the general public.
This exhibition outlines the history of Magnum Photos’ international photographic cooperative as a ground breaking photography agency. It offers a linear and evolving account of Magnum’s six decades through the major events and key bodies of works, transcending the rift between photojournalism and artistic practice.

Texts and quotes from the photographers add to the dimension of the experience behind images that have shaped the visual iconography and collective memory of this century. The exhibition includes a selection of interactive large-scale projections of over 5000 images from 81 photographers.