This week, signed archival-quality prints by the world's best photographers are available for $100
Magnum’s print sales are fast becoming a calendar event, enticing buyers beyond the photographic community – last year, their website crashed due to traffic after the sale launched. This year, the legendary photography agency has curated a sale of archival quality prints around the theme of ‘Intimacy’. This week only from Monday 9th to Friday 13th of November, iconic work will be available on Magnum’s Online Store, signed by the photographer for $100.
Over fifty Magnum photographers and estates have considered the personal aspects of their work – whether documenting vital global stories, such as Matt Black’s work on American poverty or quieter, more inward images like Newsha Tavakolian’s moving portrait of her friend.
With a rare opportunity to own rarely-seen work from the world’s most renowned photographers, such as Steve McCurry, Harry Gruyaert and Susan Meiselas, the sale promises to bring welcome attention on the print market.
Visit the Magnum Online Store to buy your print.
“The presence of the photographer changes the atmosphere the moment the subject becomes aware of the camera… What I learned was not technique, but that if the photographer cares about the people before the lens and is compassionate, much is given. It is the photographer, not the camera, that is the instrument.” — Eve Arnold, from The Unretouched Woman. Knopf, 1976
“In photography I always look for the very narrow boundary within visible reality and intimacy with people, the moment in between fascination for a subject and its rational understanding. It’s what I call a relation of intimacy.” — Jérôme Sessini
“Are words necessary?” — Abbas
“You don’t need to see the whole person to produce a portrait that feels revealing, personal and intimate. Sometimes a suggestion or a small detail may fuel the imagination, taking the picture away from being a simple description and making it more real and significant.” — Elliott Erwitt
“I took this picture on the outskirts of Mobile, Alabama. My friend Christian and I had flown to Miami a few days prior after covering the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti that killed 150,000 people in 2010. I was upset that my pictures couldn’t hint at the scale of the destruction I’d just witnessed. It felt too vast for photography.
We decided to go to New Orleans, which felt like a good spot of purgatory before heading back home. A friend of Christian’s joined us, and we headed north. As we neared the Alabama border Christian whipped the car over to pick up a pretty-looking hitchhiker. When we pulled up, her two companions and their dog ran out of the woods and jumped into the car. We stopped at a shack bar on stilts in the outskirts of Mobile and played pool.
They said they would part ways from us. One of them had run into trouble in New Orleans and was wary of going back. I took this picture after leaving the bar. The girl leaned forward for a moment to get more comfortable and her hair fell over her eyes just as the late afternoon light began to shine through the clouds. I took a few frames and, as always, the moment was gone almost before I’d even noticed it.” — Peter van Agtmael