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Magnum Contact Sheets Exhibition & Workshop

Magnum Contact Sheets is a major new touring exhibition produced by Magnum Photos in collaboration with Forte di Bard, where the show will be presented from June 21th to January 6th, 2014 before touring worldwide.

The show is taking the contact sheet as the basis for an exploration into the creative process behind some of the world’s most iconic photographs from the Magnum Photos agency.

In the early days of Magnum’s beginning (inception), founding member Henri Cartier-Bresson famously used contact sheets as a means of critiquing the younger members work. This exciting new exhibition will give audiences remarkable access and insight into the decision-making processes of many of Magnum’s famous members, through the inclusion of first-person accounts.

Magnum Contact Sheets sets out to illustrate the traditional role of the contact sheet within Magnum’s working archive, as the main source of reference for the picture agency’s editors. Often compared to an artist’s sketchbook, the contact sheet is the photographer’s first look at what he or she has captured; a sense of walking alongside that photographer and seeing through their eyes. With the development of digital technologies and their huge impact on photographic production, this exploration of the analogue editing process sets out to both investigate and celebrate an approach that is becoming increasingly historic; an ‘epitaph’ in the words of Martin Parr.

The exhibition will reproduce work from over seventy years of visual history including the D-Day landings by Robert Capa, the 1968 Paris riots by Bruno Barbey and 9/11 by Thomas Hoepker. It will showcase iconic portraiture of political figures, actors, artists and musicians, from Che Guevara and Malcolm X and The Beatles.

Magnum Contact Sheets will present approximately 80 contact sheets together with the accompanying final image, representing the full collective of photographers including pioneers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Rene Burri, Philippe Halsman and Elliott Erwitt, through to modern greats such as Jim Goldberg, Alec Soth, Paolo Pellegrin and Trent Parke.

Contact sheets and photographs will be accompanied by close-up (primo piano) details, articles, books and magazine spreads.

Magnum Contact Sheets is accompanied by a publication by Thames & Hudson (2011) edited by Kristen Lubben, ICP Associate Curator.


21st – 22nd September 2013, Forte di Bard
Please refer to the following website Magnum Photos

You can avoid the night price in the fee if you don’t need the hotel. The Workshop will be held in english for Mark Power and Italian/English/French for Jerome Sessini, depending the participants nationalities.
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