History’s biggest moments, as seen by Magnum photographers

  • Text by HUCK HQ
History’s biggest moments, as seen by Magnum photographers
In Our Time — A new exhibition will look back on the incredible legacy of the Magnum agency; from Cartier-Bresson’s war photography to Eve Arnold’s Hollywood portraits.

A new exhibition showcasing the best of Magnum’s photojournalism archives is set to open in London this month. The show, titled In Our Time, will bring together 30 of the agency’s most iconic historical shots; from Henri Cartier-Bresson’s World War Two photography to Eve Arnold’s Hollywood portraiture.

All the images chosen were taken between 1936 and 1987 – a period dubbed by Magnum as the “golden age” of photojournalism. Work from Elliott Erwitt, Marc Riboud, Ian Berry and Alex Webb will also be included.

USA. North Carolina. 1950 © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

USA. North Carolina. 1950 © Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos

During the Ramadan. A normally very busy street deserted by citizens for the first meal of the day. EGYPT. Cairo. 1987 © Harry Gruyeart / Magnum Photos

During the Ramadan. A normally very busy street deserted by citizens for the first meal of the day. EGYPT. Cairo. 1987 © Harry Gruyeart / Magnum Photos

The exhibition is linked to a 1989 Magnum photo book of the same name, which is being revisited to mark the agency’s 70th anniversary this year.

“This stirring volume of extraordinary photographs, presenting our times in all their elegance, squalor, courage, hope, betrayal, agony, sacrifice, heroism and majesty, is as unsparing of its audience as it was unsparing of its photographers,” historian William Manchester writes in the original In Our Time foreword. “These pictures demand involvement.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu conducts a funeral service in a makeshift tent for a schoolgirl shot by the police. 1985 © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos

Archbishop Desmond Tutu conducts a funeral service in a makeshift tent for a schoolgirl shot by the police. 1985 © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos

USA. New Orleans, Louisiana. 1958. Ernest MILLER nicknamed Kid Punch MILLER trumpet player and singer returning home at 6 am. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos

USA. New Orleans, Louisiana. 1958. Ernest MILLER nicknamed Kid Punch MILLER trumpet player and singer returning home at 6 am. © Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos


In Our Time
will run at London’s Magnum Print Room from September 21 to November 3.
Enjoyed this article? Like Huck on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Latest on Huck

Activists claim victory after major UK festivals drop Barclays as a sponsor
Activism

Activists claim victory after major UK festivals drop Barclays as a sponsor

Groups and artists have been campaigning for Live Nation to drop the bank as a sponsor for Download, Latitude and Isle of Wight over alleged ties to the arms trade.

Written by: Ben Smoke

Exploring the football fanatic culture of the Middle East
Outdoors

Exploring the football fanatic culture of the Middle East

New photo book ‘Football كرة القدم’ draws together pictures from over a dozen photographers to explore the region’s vibrant football culture.

Written by: Isaac Muk

Drag artists unite to get out the vote, babes
Election 2024

Drag artists unite to get out the vote, babes

East London legend Crystal talks to Huck about her new campaign, Vote, Babes! which brings together over 20 drag artists to encourage young people to use their vote.

Written by: Ben Smoke

I interrupted Keir Starmer’s manifesto launch – here’s why
Election 2024

I interrupted Keir Starmer’s manifesto launch – here’s why

One of Starmer’s constituents, Alice tried every way to talk to her then MP about the crisis facing her generation, but he did not listen she writes exclusively for Huck.

Written by: Alice, Green New Deal Rising

Bashy: “My dad kept me alive”
Culture

Bashy: “My dad kept me alive”

In our latest Daddy Issues column, award winning actor and MC Ashley “Bashy” Thomas talks traditional masculinity, learning survival skills from his Dad and ‘making it’.

Written by: Robert Kazandjian

How communities of colour fought back
Election 2024

How communities of colour fought back

Micha Frazer-Carroll examines the challenges that the UK’s minoritised communities have faced over the last five years, and reports on the ways that they have come together to organise, support and uplift one another.

Written by: Micha Frazer-Carroll

Sign up to our newsletter

Issue 80: The Ziwe issue

Buy it now