Freedom: The Magnum Square Print Sale
4 - 8 June 2018
Signed or estate-stamped, museum quality, 6x6” prints for $100. For five days only.
1968 was a seismic year of deep societal and political shifts - all in the name of freedom. International issues of freedom from oppression, freedom of speech, political, sexual and religious freedom all came to the fore as student protests racked cities, declarations of independence were made, and in America particularly, the Civil Rights movement took hold, Martin Luther King was assassinated, whilst anti-Vietnam war protests concurrently emerged.
Fifty years on, the Magnum Photos June 2018 Square Print Sale examines both the definition of freedom, and the legacy of this quest for freedom through the work of Magnum’s photographers. Inviting a wide interpretation of the theme, the project includes iconic images that have defined and documented humanity’s quest for freedom over the past 70 years, and the deeply personal images that symbolize creative freedom.
From Stuart Franklin’s photograph of Tiananmen square in 1989, to Bruce Davidson and Leonard Freed’s images of the US Civil Rights movement, and Robert Capa’s photograph of the liberation of Paris in 1944, the project creates a potted history of the 20th century. These well-known works are presented alongside personal images that demonstrate photography itself is a tool of freedom – symbolizing freedom of speech and subjectivity. Photography can document the quest for and limitations of freedom, and as a medium has enabled many artists to find a voice and an identity through unhampered creative practice.
When Magnum was founded, in 1947, one of its core principles was to enable photographers to take back control over the copyright to their work while simultaneously giving them freedom over the choice of stories they wanted to cover. Ever since, Magnum photographers’ work has been imbued with a sense of freedom, both in the personal approaches to their work and in the themes and subjects they explore.
For the first Square Print Sale of 2018, Magnum’s photographers and estates have responded to the theme in images and texts, exploring their own relationship to freedom and what it means to them.
Magnum Photos was founded in Paris in 1947 as an artists’ co-operative by four pioneering
photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, and George Rodger. The legendary photo agency continues to shape photographic practice and maintains its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence, representing an idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. Magnum photographers share a vision
to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The Magnum Square Print Sale will take place on the Magnum Photos Shop: shop.magnumphotos.com. It will be open from Monday, June 4th 2018, at 8AM EST until Friday, June 8th, 2017, at 6PM EST.
During the sale, and for five days only, over 70 archival quality prints, signed by the photographers or estate-stamped by the estates, are available for just $100.
Magnum Square Prints are printed on 6 x 6” (15.24cm x 15.24cm) archival paper. They are not editioned by quantity, but editioned by time, as these items will not be made available outside the sale window. The images in each sale are always different, and will never be available in this format again. High res images, quotes and interviews with some of the photographers will be available for limited press usage during the Square Print Sale only.