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Framing Community: Magnum Photos

1947 – Present

Since 1947, artist-owned photo agency Magnum Photos has combined an extraordinary range of individual styles into a powerful collaborative project to chronicle the people, places, and events of the world in a way that defies convention and transforms our view. Founded in the aftermath of World War II by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger, and David Seymour, Magnum Photos has long been driven by a shared belief in humanist values—a belief that has led its photographers, witnesses of a world in increasing disarray, to capture compelling and compassionate images that have marked history.

Published in collaboration with the Hunter College Art Galleries on the occasion of Magnum Photos’s seventieth anniversary, Framing Community takes readers through the history of the agency, with a special focus on community as a subject that is both central to its practice and to fruitful conversations about shifting conditions and social change. Of the more than one hundred images selected, some depict dramatic crowds, while others show quiet communal gatherings. Nearly all resonate powerfully beyond their initial publication, a testament to the skill and political power of the photographers. In addition to the photographs, the book also includes excerpts from interviews with photographers and subjects.

128 pages | 112 color plates | 8 x 10 | © 2017

Art: Photography

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“The catalog presents an interesting arrangement of artists and themes, prompting the reader to consider the work of the artists beyond a merely chronological continuum. . . . A worthy addition for any library that collects in the area of photography.” 


Table of Contents

Magnum Photos and Its Others
Longing for Community
Bruno Barbey, The Italians
René Burri, Die Deutschen
Susan Meiselas, Prince Street Girls
Carl de Keyzer, God, Inc.
Alessandra Sanguinetti, The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams
Alec Sloth, Songbook
Shifting Community
Henri Cartier-Bresson, D’une Chine à l’autre
Thomas Hoepker, DDR Ansichten: Views of a Vanished Country
Bieke Depoorter, Who Knows / Mumkin
Contested Territories
Bruce Davidson, Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs
Paul Fusco, La Causa: The California Grape Strike
Jim Goldberg, Rich and Poor
Peter van Agtmael, Buzzing at the Sill
Displaced Community
David Seymour, Children of Europe- Greece
Josef Koudelka, Exiles
Larry Towell, Then Palestine; No Man’s Land
Alex Webb, Crossings: Photographs from the U.S.-Mexico Border
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