Magnum Analog Recovery
Leonard Freed, Harlem fashion show, 1963
Leonard Freed / Magnum Photos
Marc Riboud, Championnat du monde d'échecs, Moscou, 1960
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.
-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
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 photo, Polka, Slash/, Télérama.