Magnum Photos Print Sale is back on! Fancy owning a Robert Capa print? Or perhaps a Bruce Davidson or Martin Parr? While normally this would be a pricey endeavour, for the next two-and-a-bit days you can get museum quality prints from over 70 Magnum photographers for just $100 each. (+ a discount code at the end)
Closer is inspired by Magnum co-founder Robert Capa’s famous quote, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Through a selection of images and texts, Magnum Photographers explore what proximity means in photographic terms, and how getting closer has influenced Magnum’s classic and contemporary practices.
Featuring signed or estate-stamped 6×6” prints by classic and contemporary Magnum photographers, the sale will see work up for grabs at just $100, for five days only via the Magnum Photos Online Shop. The works selected all engage with Capa’s idea of closeness – whether in physical and psychological terms.
“In this case, I was physically close, but the Leica M 35mm lens I was using did not focus at such a close distance, and the foreground is thus quite out of focus,” says Chris Steele-Perkins, referencing his shot The Teds, taken in 1976. “I was not psychologically close; I had never met these young men before, and I think I only took two photographs of them in total.”
Other takes on “the decisive moment” include Stuart Franklin’s photograph of the Tank Man at Tiananmen Square, as well as Robert Capa’s D-Day series, Abbas’s Iranian Revolution coverage, and work from present-day documentarists Matt Black, Paolo Pellegrin, Diana Markosian and Lorenzo Meloni.
The sale also includes work by Larry Towell, Antoine d’Agata, Christopher Anderson and Alessandra Sanguinetti, who have explored the concept of proximity in terms of intimacy in highly personal work. “Even in my former life as a ‘war photographer,’ I never thought that Capa’s advice to ‘get closer’ was in reference to physical distance,” says Anderson. “To me, Capa’s words were always about emotional proximity.”
Works by Jacob Aue Sobol, from Bruce Davidson’s Subway series and from Alex Webb’s long-term work in Mexico will also be included in a sale which includes work by over 70 photographers – plus an amazing moment captured by David Hurn while The Beatles filmed A Hard Day’s Night.
“‘Getting closer’ can have at least two definitions,” comments Hurn. “The four had a naturalness that perhaps came about because they had never done a movie before. They never stopped joking and ‘messing about’. This picture was taken on the first day of shooting. Here, closeness does, in fact, mean, at what distance can you get all four into the picture?”
Magnum Photos Print Sale | Signed or estate-stamped, museum-quality, 6×6 inch (15.24 x 15.24 cm) prints for $100 from over 70 photographers are available for five days only: from 8 A.M. EST on Monday, June 5, until 6 P.M. EST Friday, June 9, 2017. | from shop.magnumphotos.com.
With the discount code below, you’ll also get 10% off any Square Print ordered during this sale.