If you’ve always dreamed of acquiring a work by Martin Parr or Robert Capa, it’s your lucky day! The Magnum agency is launching a discount sale of images of big names in photography.
Christmas before its time for photography enthusiasts. Until Friday, November 2, the Magnum agency is partnering, as every year, with the American publishing house Aperture Foundation for an exceptional sale at a low price: prints in 6 × 6 format (15.24 × 15 , 24 cm) signed or certified as authentic, for the modest sum of 100 dollars, that is to say a little less than 90 euros. The opportunity to acquire photos of masters such as Martin Parr, Robert Capa, Elliot Erwitt, Steve McCurry or even Stuart Franklin.
For this third edition of the “Square Print Sale”, classic and contemporary photographs have been selected around the “Crossings” theme, which can mean both the crossing, the passage or even the crossing. Among the selection of nearly 120 artists, we can observe a more literal illustration such as roads, crossroads, a ferry, train tracks or even borders. But certain clichés bring a more metaphorical interpretation of this “crossing”: emancipation, meeting, revolt, mutation … “Crossings” questions the human capacity to move, to transform and to create links. The sale takes place from October 29 to November 2, 2018 on the online store of the Magnum agency.
Five of the most famous clichés
He is one of the founders of the Magnum agency, the first of its kind to emerge, and covered the greatest conflicts of his time. So it makes sense that a snapshot of Robert capa can be found in the selection of “Square Print Sale”. And not just any: that of the Normandy landings, at Omaha Beach. At the time, the photojournalist was the only one in the field, the only one crazy enough to risk his life. ” The men on my boat waded waist-deep in the water, their guns ready, the poles were jutting out of the sea and the beach was smoking in the background – all of this was perfect for photography ”, he said of this historic report.
How to talk about photography without talking about Martin parr ? The British photographer has always found pleasure in immortalizing everyday society, with a look that is at once provocative, realistic, offbeat and revealing. Beyond popular beaches and junk food, Martin Parr has also photographed the influx of tourists on the ferries. ” In the early 1980s, I was teaching in Helsinki and often went to Stockholm on weekends by ferry. This would involve buying cheap alcohol and consuming it along the way. Finns love saunas, and this guy is coming out to catch the cold ”.
Black and white photos, simple and universal stories, always supported by a look that is both benevolent and amused. This is the hallmark of Elliott Erwitt. Son of Russian Jewish emigrants who settled in the United States in 1939, the young photographer captures the present moment, always there at the right time. Always full of humanity and mischief, his works seduce. Like here, with this young boy watching the lines of the train go by, the shadow of the car framing the tracks and buildings of the city in the distance.
Steve mccurry is far from boiling down to the young Afghan girl with deep green eyes wearing an orange scarf. The American photojournalist has reported all over the world, from India to Russia, through Afghanistan hidden among the mujahedin and New York after the September 11 attacks. For “Crossings”, Magnum and the Aperture Foundation have selected the procession of Buddhists in Burma. ” They collect alms and food from the local population who donate in order to demonstrate their humility and their connection to their Buddhist faith ”, explains the photographer.
An emblematic artist in tune with her time, Nan Goldin immortalized all addictions in the 80s by interfering in the privacy of those close to him. After several years of fighting opioids, the photographer talks about her own addiction and attacks the American pharmaceutical industry which dispenses its drugs. ” I was addicted to OxyContin for four years. I overdosed, but came back ”, she confides. ” I started a group called PAIN (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) to address the opioid crisis. We are a group of artists, activists and drug addicts who believe in direct action. We’re targeting the Sackler family, who made and pushed OxyContin, through the museums and universities that bear their name. We speak for the 250,000 bodies that can no longer ”.