Magnum Analog Recovery

from april 29 to august 27, 2017
  • Leonard Freed, Harlem fashion show, 1963

    Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos

  • Marc Riboud, Championnat du monde d'échecs, Moscou, 1960

    Marc Riboud

  • Robert Capa, Les troupes américaines à l'assaut d'Omaha Beach le jour du débarquement, Normandie, France, 6 juin 1944

    Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

  • LE BAL/Martin Argyroglo

  • Cornell Capa, John F. Kennedy saluant une foule de supporters, North Hollywood, Californie, septembre 1960

    Cornell Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos

  • Henri-Cartier Bresson, « Cherche tout type de travail », panneau accroché au cou de ce jeune Allemand, Hambourg, Allemagne de l’Ouest, 1952.

    Henri Cartier Bresson/Magnum Photos

  • LE BAL/Martin Argyroglo

  • Eve Arnold, Institut pour la non-violence, Virginie, 1960

    Eve Arnold/Magnum Photos

« When you take a shot, you're halfway between a pickpocket and a tightrope walker. » Henri Cartier-Bresson

LE BAL is presenting a range of the co-operative’s treasures with contemporary prints and designs for books and publications dating from the creation of Magnum Photos (1947) till 1977. This year marks both 70 years of Magnum Photos and the completion of an archive making thousands of contemporary prints at last accessible : Magnum Analog Recovery (M.A.R.).

This collection, stored in the Magnum archives in Paris in boxes and bearing the name of each of the photographers, brings together the “postcard” prints sent out to the European Magnum agents for distribution to the press between 1947 and the end of the 1970s.
Yet this archive only contains a tiny fraction of the hundreds of thousands of prints distributed by the Paris office during those 30 years. Only in rare cases do the stored images bear captions and the typed texts and captions accompanying the images have not always been preserved.
Great icons of the 20th century are to be found alongside images never previously seen or exhibited : they are part of a dialogue linked to what the photographers had to say regarding the definition or contradictions inherent in their work and what was at stake, at a time when the world’s largest ever collective of photographers was taking shape. Their words call to mind just as many contradictory approaches to photography as the images themselves – the other side of the coin strewn with doubts and tensions which makes this array of “witnesses to the transitory” more resonant than ever.

See also 

-During the exhibition Magnum Analog Recovery, Paris Aeroport and LE BAL present "Magnum Photos 70", during june 2017 in Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle's terminals.
- Magic moments, 70 ans de Magnum Photos at Leica, from the 28th of April to the 1st of September, 75018 Paris.



Matthieu Samadet / Goodbye Bucephale 

In the Press

“ The perennial problem of the photojournalist – do you put your camera down to help or do you keep shooting? – is often the dynamic that drives this exhibition. Werner Bischof says, “When you think like an editor yourself you’ve already gone wrong, because then you have put the event first. ”

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Curators of the exhibition : Diane Dufour with Julie Héraut
At the occasion of Magnum Photo’s 70th anniversary, exhibition designed and produced by LE BAL
With the support of : Mairie de Paris, LEICA
Technical partners : Circad, Duffay
Partners media of the exhibition : Artpress, France Culture, L’œil de la photoPolka, Slash/Télérama.


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