Organized by Magnum Photos
For half a century, the intrepid photographers better known by their collective nom de guerre, Magnum, have been, among other things, closely watching the world of cinema—not just on the screen, but on location, around sound stages, and inside dressing rooms, editing rooms, and dark theatres. Founded in 1947, Magnum is a cooperative of nearly sixty photographers, who have worked for virtually every major publication in the world. For the historic Magnum Cinemaexhibition they have sorted through their vast private archives, selecting stacks and stacks of photographs, many of which have never before been published or exhibited publicly. These one-of-a-kind images bear the inimitable Magnum stamp and offer an interwoven narrative that details the world of photography as it documents the world of film.
The dramatic focus of Magnum Cinema centers around the privileged and lasting relationships between the subject—the actors, directors, writers, editors, and crew who make the movies we want to see—and the photographer. These connections are based on mutual trust and shared intimacy, qualities which are easily sensed in the pictures in the exhibition: Robert Capa’s admiring images of Ingrid Bergman; Dennis Stock’s candid shots of James Dean; Eve Arnold capturing Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller on The Misfits set; Eugene Smith looking over the shoulder of Charlie Chaplin; Bruce Davidson on location with Michelangelo Antonioni in Death Valley; and Elliott Erwitt surveying a young, intense Marlon Brando.
NUMBER OF WORKS: 111 photographs
TOUR DATES: March 2000 - September 2003
SUPPORT MATERIALS: Publication, Phaidon Press, 1998