Our group will get a private docent led tour of the Magnum Photo exhibit. The tour will begin promptly at 1:00 PM. Please plan to arrive no later than 12:45 PM. Expect the tour to last about 1 hour. Our tour size limit is 25, please keep your RSVP updated. Weather permitting we will do a photo-walk around the UT campus afterwards.
A new exhibit opened at the beginning of the month at the Harry Ransom Center at UT. Admission is FREE. Let's meet at the museum and then go for coffee/drinks!
From the Harry Ransom Center website:
Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century, shaping history and revolutionizing photography's influence on modern culture. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus ensuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence. Its founders, including renowned photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David "Chim" Seymour, and George Rodger, united in their pursuit of creative freedom and their commitment to sharing their images with the world. Membership in this collective empowered photographers to document conflict and liberation, revolution and reform, while preserving their own powerfully distinct points of view. Established during the post-war golden age of the picture magazine, Magnum has flourished despite the impact of radical technological, economic, and cultural transformations on publishing and media. When television began to take over as the dominant form of mass communication in the 1950s, Magnum photographers explored motion picture and book formats. As the editorial market continued to shrink, photographers found new audiences in museums and galleries. Over the last decade, new technologies have dramatically changed the way photographic imagery is captured, distributed, and consumed. In this new environment, Magnum photographers have kept pace, experimenting with a variety of multimedia platforms to publish their work.
Organized by Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger, this exhibition of approximately 300 works investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux, persistently exploring new relationships between photographers, their subjects, and their viewers.
Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World, edited by Steven Hoelscher, Academic Curator of Photography at the Ransom Center, will be published in fall 2013 by the University of Texas Press.
The Magnum Photos Collection resides at the Harry Ransom Center courtesy of MSD Capital, Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan.