Street photography—the art of capturing unexpected, unusual and extraordinary instants in the public space—has been in Magnum’s DNA since its founding in 1947. The show is based on the book Magnum et la street photography (Editions Actes Sud) edited by Stephen McLaren, who talked with the agency’s photographers about the pictures, many of which have never been published before, and their experience as street photographers. This immersion into the archives sheds light on how the genre evolved, from Cartier-Bresson and his peers such as Sergio Larraín, to contemporary photographers, including Christopher Anderson, Raymond Depardon, Olivia Arthur, Susan Meiselas, Bruno Barbey, Inge Morath and Gueorgui Pinkhassov. Magnum is above all a photojournalism collective, so it is hardly surprising that their best work is often used to illustrate news articles.
Publication: Magnum et la street photography, Actes Sud, 2021.