Magnum in the Metro

Paris hosts huge underground photo show to mark the agency’s 70th birthday
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Beijing, China, 1989 © René Burri / Magnum Photos
Beijing, China, 1989 © René Burri / Magnum Photos

Although Magnum Photos was founded 70 years ago this spring in New York over a magnum of champagne at the Museum of Modern Art (no one is entirely sure of the exact date), Paris is the world famous photo agency’s second home. Its founder photographers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour, became friends in the French capital, and the city hosted the agency’s second office.

 

Walsall, Great Britain, 2011 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos
Walsall, Great Britain, 2011 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

Paris’s metro network is acknowledging this special realtionship by hosting an exhibition of 174 Magnum Photos images in 11 of its stations across the city, to mark the agency’s 70th birthday.

 

Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11 September 2001 © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos
Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11 September 2001 © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos

There are works by Martin Parr, René Burri, Elliott Erwitt, Inge Morath and others, on view at Gare de Lyon, Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Denis Porte de Paris and elsewhere.

 

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France, 2016 Immersion, Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès / Aperture Foundation © Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France, 2016 Immersion, Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès / Aperture Foundation © Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos

The show, entitled La ville en Histoire(s) or The City in History(s), is broadly themed around urban life, runs until 30 June and includes well-known images, such as Thomas Hoepker’s disconcerting, happy shot of Brooklyn hipsters sunbathing while the Twin Towers burn, and lesser-known masterpieces, including René Burri’s colour photograph of a pair of red heels paired with sticking plasters in Tiananmen Square.

 

 

La ville en Histoire(s) installation view. © RATP/ Jean-François Mauboussin
La ville en Histoire(s) installation view. © RATP/ Jean-François Mauboussin

For more on Magnum take a look our books produced in association with the agency, as well as monographs dedicated to the work of Magnum greats such as Martin Parr, René Burri, Elliott Erwitt, Steve McCurry, and Abbas.


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