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>Articles posted by David Denuell

 As part of the BERLIN PHOTO WEEK the German capital is celebrating the seventy-fifth anniversary of the legendary Magnum Photo agency with a wide range of special exhibitions. 

One particular highlight is the Helmut Newton Foundation with its exhibition entitled Magnum Photos: The Misfits (3 September – 20 November 2022). In 1960 the famous director John Huston recreated Arthur Miller’s famous work as a star-studded movie. Almost everybody who was at Magnum at the time took photographs on the set, creating world-famous images that will feature as part of the agency’s anniversary celebrations in Berlin.

Images on the set: the insightful pictures taken during the production of The Misfits offer a glimpse behind the scenes in the truest sense. One can see Marilyn Monroe concentrating on her lines in a photo taken by Inge Morath, or Montgomery Clift in the back of a car, taken by Dennis Stock. Another example is the famous group photo of the actors on the set, flanked by the director and author and taken by Elliott Erwitt. The exhibition also features photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bruce Davidson, Cornell Capa, Ernst Haas and Erich Hartmann. In short, the exhibition is a who’s who of past and present photographer legends. With its presentation of Magnum Photos: The Misfits, the Helmut Newton Foundation is celebrating the photo agency’s seventy-fifth anniversary. At the BERLIN PHOTO WEEK numerous other events featuring members of the legendary cooperative will be taking place in Berlin. (Matthias Harder)

Inge Morath, Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits, Reno, Nevada, USA, 1960, copyright Inge Morath + Magnum Photos (left)

Myriam Boulos, Sexual Fantasies, 2020-ongoing, copyright Myriam Boulos/Magnum Photos (right)

The exhibition Jetzt: Magnum Photos at the Reinbeckhallen (2 September to 27 November 2022) is a further highlight.

At the beginning of 2020, members of the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos began to share their work and thoughts on the world around them in an email chain. Through these exchanges, which were an initial reaction to the abrupt shifts and realizations brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, they came to realize that their agency—founded by photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David Seymour shortly following the end of the Second World War—had been undergoing a significant transformation and, as a result, was able to offer its audiences something new.

Taking this realization as its starting point, the exhibition Jetzt: Magnum Photos will consider how the agency has changed in recent years and how this has given voice to different perspectives, experiences, and modes of being across both countries and continents. It will also explore how its photographers have found new ways of working and reaching out to those not only interested in Magnum Photos, but also in contemporary issues and their photographic representation.

To address these themes, Jetzt: Magnum Photos will feature ongoing and recent projects by 17 photographers – Khalik Allah, Olivia Arthur, Jonas Bendiksen, Myriam Boulos, Sabiha Çimen, Carolyn Drake, Gregory Halpern, Sohrab Hura, Alex Majoli, Cristina de Middel, Rafal Milach, Emin Özmen, Mark Power, Lindokuhle Sobekwa, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky and Newsha Tavakolian; each of whom asks us, whether it is by framing their photographs with fictional and non-fictional texts or by incorporating film, sound, architecture, and textiles into their practices, to reflect not only on how photographic genres, in particular photojournalism, are changing, but also on the role and the possibilities of photography today.

Curated by Dr. Candice M. Hamelin, Jetzt: Magnum Photos will be part of the fourth edition of Berlin Photo Week (September 2-4) and will be accompanied by a side program that includes talks, film screenings, and workshops at the Reinbeckhallen.

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