Switzerland. Zurich. 1941. Nude. "Breast with grid" © Werner Bischof / Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos' Paris-based fund, set up to preserve photographic archives, will auction a portfolio of 65 collector nude prints to mark the agency's 65th anniversary
Author: Ariane Osman
18 Oct 2012 Tags: Magnum photos
Magnum Photos is holding an auction of prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Werner Bischof, Robert Capa and Inge Morath, among others, on 16 November at Sotheby's Paris.
The sale of the prints will go towards Magnum Photos Fonds de Donation and support its mission to preserve the archives of photographers who have donated their work to the foundation, protect their copyright, promote their work and guarantee that their archives can be used by historians and researchers. The organisation already has more than 1250 prints and 500 books in its archives.
"I think our founders – Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David ‘Chim' Seymour and George Rodger – would have approved," says Abbas, president of the Paris-based Magnum Fund. "I can sense their spiritual blessing for this auction at Sotheby's, as it will help Magnum take a new step forward with the launch of this foundation. We wanted this portfolio to be unique, and also to be a nice surprise, so the theme The Nude was a natural choice as Magnum is not known for its nudes."
The Fonds de Donation runs independently from the Magnum Foundation, set up and managed by Susan Meiselas in New York. The Paris-based foundation hopes to raise between $194,300 and $323,800 from the auction.
Philippines. 1985 © Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos
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