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Magnum’s ‘Conditions of the Heart’ square print sale underway

Magnum ‘Conditions of the Heart’ square print sale 

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Kochi, India, 2014 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos recently tasked its photographers with capturing photographs related to the theme ‘Conditions of the Heart,’ doing so for the organization’s Square Print Project. This project was inspired by David ‘Chim’ Seymour’s work, and is itself part of a larger series that examines the work of Magnum’s four co-founders. A new square print sale is now offering these photos as museum-quality 6×6 prints for a short duration.

The square print sale started yesterday, October 31, and is running through November 4 at 6PM EST. During this time, the public can purchase high-quality 6×6 prints that are signed and estate stamped for $100 each. These square prints are printed onto archival paper and will not be available for purchase beyond this sale. Photographers featured in the square print sale include Steve McCurry, Alex Webb, David Alan Harvey, Matt Black, and others.

Purchases can be made through Magnum Photos’ online shop.

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Kochi, India, 2014 © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

“Connection in photography can take many forms. While one typically thinks of the connection in photographing people one knows, there can also be a kind of intimacy with a place or a culture itself. As a street photographer, it is this latter connection that intrigues me. Over the years, I’ve learned that each culture demands its own unique and complicated approach—often with many nuanced variations—in order to photograph the life of its streets. For instance in Mumbai, people sometimes seem so interested in strangers, one may later discover smiling faces peering into the edges of one’s photographs. However, in a city such as Kochi in southern India where I took this photograph, one may also encounter unexpected quieter moments. Ultimately, no matter how gently and respectfully one tries to photograph in a culture other than one’s own, how long a street photographer can linger is largely thanks to the grace of others.”

– Alex Webb

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Chiang Mai, Thailand © Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos

“I photographed these elephants and their mahouts at a rescue sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The mahouts dedicate their lives to caring for a specific elephant, spending their days and nights tending to all of the elephant’s needs.”

– McCurry, Steve

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Savoy Ballroom. Harlem, New York City. 1939 . © Cornell Capa / International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos

“The Concerned Photographer produces images in which genuine human feeling predominates over commercial cynicism or disinterested formalism.”

– Cornell Capa

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Sheepherder with Mount Mikeno. North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. 2016 © Michael Christopher Brown/ Magnum Photos

“Though much of my work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo depicts dire circumstances, I remain optimistic for the country; it is not only one of the most beautiful places, but also filled with incredible people.”

– Michael Christopher Brown

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Fisherman and family. Bahía Honda, Cuba. 1954.© Eve Arnold/ Magnum Photos

“Magnum dispatched [Eve Arnold] to Cuba and Haiti to take pictures for magazine projects that [Robert] Capa had arranged. In both countries, she was confronted with destitution on a level she had never seen, beyond even the migrant farm workers. A Cuban family she was photographing begged her to adopt their nine-year-old daughter, Juana, to save her from a life of poverty and prostitution, and she was so moved by them that she cried when she left.”

– Janine di Giovanni, Magnum Legacy: Lives Behind Photographs – Eve Arnold, Prestel, 2015


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