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Magnum Photos 70th anniversary
May 1 - Dec 31 2017
This year, Magnum Photos will celebrate 70 years of contribution to photography and world history with the launch of a global public events, exhibition and new content programme. Full details of the special anniversary programme are published today via a dedicated anniversary hub on Magnum’s new storytelling website
Centred on the three themes of community, witnessing history and Magnum Photos Now, the special anniversary programme will explore the institution and photographer personalities of then and now, that have been central to past and current visual culture.
Public events across New York, London, Paris and in Asia will give people the opportunity to get closer to Magnum at 70 and its evolution into a forward-thinking media brand. Through engagement with its archival and contemporary work, Magnum Photos is committed to connecting more people to the importance of the image and the need to continue telling the world’s most important stories.
Throughout the year, the site will feature defining images and visual stories from the past seven decades of Magnum including founding member Robert Capa’s iconic documentation of the D.Day landings in Omaha Beach, 1944, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1947 record of the independence of India and Stuart Franklin’s first hand account of the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989.
Magnum photographers will also take on an ambitious new visual project, Magnum Retold, to mark the occasion. This will see Magnum’s contemporary photographers reshoot some of the agency’s most seminal stories, reworked to reflect the changing world we live in today.
Key events include:
- a landmark book by Thames & Hudson, exhibited at the International Center of Photography
The City in History
- a public art installation across the Paris Metro
- an experimental artist in residency which sees three Magnum photographers create new work in response to London
Full details of our global anniversary program can be found
Details of our London program from 8-21 May can be found
View and licence some of the our most iconic pictures from our dedicated 70th anniversary page on Magnum Pro at