To celebrate their 70th anniversary and to continue to inform and influence the world through images, Magnum Photos has decided to sell some of their most iconic prints for only $100.
With this initiative, the agency founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger, hopes to make it possible for more people to have a piece of history in their homes for a relatively moderate price.
The prints are 6 x 6 in., estate stamped and signed, and printed on "museum quality" paper.
When selecting which photos to put up for sale, the agency decided to work from a theme based on a famous quotation by Robert Capa:
"If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough."
In the words of The Picture Post, Capa was one of the greatest war photographers of all time, inspiring several generations of photographers. Based on his maxim, Magnum selected a collection of images along the theme "Closer," exploring what it means to "get closer" in photography.
Does it require physical proximity to the subject in the photo? Or is proximity rather a question of intimacy, as is illustrated by the work of photographers like Larry Towell and Antoine D'Agata, who address deeply personal themes?
It's a interesting question to reflect on as you explore the collection of photos.
The collection includes iconic images such as Tank Man at Tiananmen Square by Stuart Franklin (1989) and the D-Day series by Robert Capa (1944) along with other shots by photojournalism masters like Matt Black, Paolo Pellegrin, Diana Markosian and Lorenzo Meloni.
The Magnum Square Print Sale is taking place on the website only. The sale ends on Friday, June 9, at 6PM EST, so if you've always dreamed of owning a print by Robert Capa, Martin Parr or Bruce Davidson, now is the time!