Solidarity: the Magnum Square Print Sale
From now until Sunday, 2 August, Magnum’s Square Print Sale will present over 100 images and texts by international artists curated under the theme of
Solidarity. The theme challenges participating photographers to reflect upon the power of togetherness in tumultuous times.
During the sale, and one week only, the archival-quality prints, signed by the photographers or estate-stamped by the estates, are available for just US$100. The Magnum Square Print Sale supporting NAACP and in collaboration with
Vogue will take place on the Magnum Photos Shop. 50% of the proceeds from the Magnum Square Print Sale will be donated to the NAACP.
© Cristina de Middel/Magnum Photos. Jorge Luna, a professional Mexican pole vault jumper trains by the border fence on the beach of Tijuana. Tijuana, Mexico. 2018. “I read on the internet that we shouldn’t be scared of what we don't understand, but I probably shouldn't be relying on the internet to understand anything at all. Because of all the noise, these are confusing times on the surface, but also times where there is deep clarity in how to do good, and how to be potent and forceful in supporting the necessary changes to paradigms. The comfortable absurdity of the system is finally being questioned and it feels like there is room for dreaming of a future where the new logic that organizes the world is not that of the market, of historical power, of habit or of fear.”
The vision of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.
Magnum Square Prints are printed on 6×6” (15.24×15.24 cm) archival paper; image size is 5.5” (14 cm) on the longest side. Images will not be cropped, but will instead have white borders. They are not editioned by quantity, but editioned by time, as these items will not be made available outside the sale window. The images in each sale are always different, and will never be available in this format again.
© Cornell Capa/Magnum Photos. John F. Kennedy campaigning. NYC, USA. 1960. “Images at their passionate and truthful best are as powerful as words can ever be. If they alone cannot bring change, they can at least provide an understanding mirror of man's actions, thereby sharpening human awareness and awakening conscience.”
Some key artists involved: Christopher Anderson, Peter van Agtmael, Eve Arnold, Miranda Barnes, Matt Black, June Canedo de Souza, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, W. Eugene Smith, Stuart Franklin, Harry Gruyaert, Hassan Hajjaj, Bob Henriques, Yael Martinez, Eli Reed, Richie Shazam, Alec Soth, Newsha Tavakolian, Larry Towell, and others.
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© Carl De Keyzer/Magnum Photos. Monument to the WWII resistance movement. Durres, Albania. 1995. “When I arrived in Albania for the first time in 1995, the country was not ready to host visitors. After years of brutal communism that completely closed it off from the outside world, only a few rooms were available to visitors in the entire country. After crossing a very surreal border post (with a very corrupt guard) in an old camper van, we reached Korce, where we stayed in the only hotel in town, a 12-storey building with only four rooms available on the eighth floor. The elevator was not working. Later in the trip, when visiting Durreswe stayed in a private room together with a retired general who could not stop talking about the glory days of Albanian communism when it withstood all pressure from the outside world. Looking out of my window I could see a monument to the WWII resistance movement with children playing on top of it. I could not resist going over there."
© Steve McCurry/Magnum Photos. Fishermen. Weligama. South coast, Sri Lanka. 1995. “These fishermen off the South coast of Sri Lanka used this bygone traditional method to catch fish in shallow waters. Very few fishermen are still keeping this tradition alive, as most of them have moved toward more modern methods. They demonstrate both independence and solidarity of community as they endeavor to provide sustenance for their families. Inherent in solidarity is the concept of responsibility to our fellow humans. This principle is especially relevant in these turbulent times.”
© Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos. Muhammad Ali, boxing world heavyweight champion showing off his right fist. Chicago, USA. 1966. “This picture came immediately to my mind when I was asked to consider the theme of ‘Solidarity’. The world right now is on edge in every sense and only by helping and encouraging each other will we get through this incredible global crisis. What picture would possibly better represent strength and the determination to fight for equality, unity and justice? As Muhammad Ali said in an interview with Playboy magazine in 1975: ‘I would like to be remembered as a black man who won the heavyweight title and who was humorous and who treated everyone right. As a man who never looked down on those who looked up to him and who helped as many of his people as he could — financially and also in their fight for freedom, justice and equality.’”
© Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos. Village near Lake Victoria, Kisumu area, Kenya. March 2018. “A year before this image was taken, a US non-profit started giving out the universal basic income in several villages in the region around Kisumu. One of the families that received this income bought cattle and bars for the windows of their unfinished house. For decades, if not centuries, charities and NGOs have been trying to figure out the right ways to help.”
© Ernest Cole/Magnum Photos. South Africa. c.1965. “In such an atmosphere [as apartheid] it is difficult to develop or hold onto a feeling of your own worth. Not only is your very being under relentless attack, but all your fellows are likewise under siege. You look vainly for heroes to emulate. The company of the besieged has a high casualty rate. Many already half-believe the white man's estimate of their worthlessness.” – Ernest Cole, from the book, House Of Bondage, 1967.
© Robert Capa/Magnum Photos American crewmen stand in front of a B-17 bomber that is being prepared to take off from a Royal Air Force base for a daylight bombing raid over occupied France. This B-17 was one of the first 300 to be brought overseas by the US Army Air Corps. Great Britain. 1942.. "To cover a war you must hate somebody or love somebody; you must have a position or you cannot stand what goes on.”
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