‘Magnum Manifesto’ is the third exhibition to be displayed at the Kunstfoyer Munich in 2018. The comprehensive retrospective is dedicated to the history of Magnum Photos – the legendary photographers’ collective founded by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and Chim (David Seymour) in 1947.
The exhibition and accompanying publication mark the collective’s 70th anniversary with an extensive selection of iconic as well as lesser-known works from the Magnum archives – which has, over the course of seven decades, grown into an “inexhaustible reservoir of memories”.
The written word also forms an important part of the showcase: among the exhibits are contracts, memos, lists of standardised terminology, and letters – the primary means of communication between the agency’s members, who were scattered all around the world. And of course, the agency has always adhered to a strict credo: no picture without a caption!
‘Magnum Manifesto’ retraces the richly illustrated history of an idea that turned into a legend. Among many others, the exhibition includes photographs by Christopher Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cornell and Robert Capa, Chim (David Seymour), Joseph Koudelka, Sergio Larrain, Susan Meiselas, Wayne Miller, Martin Parr, Marc Riboud, W. Eugene Smith, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, Dennis Stock, Mikhael Subotzky, and Alex Webb.
The Kunstfoyer will be the only German venue to host the exhibition, which was previously shown at the ICP New York in summer 2017. ‘Magnum Manifesto’ was curated by Clément Chéroux; the eponymous catalogue was published by Thames & Hudson.
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