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Circa 1947: The Founding of Magnum

Main Gallery

April 30 – June 12, 2004

Press Release

Howard Greenberg Gallery proudly celebrates the founding of Magnum in 1947 with an exhibition of works by Robert Capa (1913-1954), Henri Cartier-Bresson (born 1908), David Seymour (Chim) (1911-1956) and George Rodger (1908-1995). This exhibition will be held in conjunction with “Magnum in May” – a host of exhibitions, film screenings, and lectures around New York City presenting well-known documentary photographers from the world’s most renowned photographic co-operative. The advent of the Magnum photo agency, in the aftermath of World War II, marked the “decisive moment” in which a new vision of photojournalism was born. Magnum co-founders and photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and David Seymour (Chim) met in Paris during the 1930s and spent hours discussing photography and politics in the cafés of Montparnasse. Capa formed a close friendship with George Rodger, another Magnum co-founder, during the Italian campaign in 1942. After the war, they were all profoundly affected by their experiences and shared a common goal of protecting their artistic and political freedom to convey, in their own unique styles, the stories of the times beyond the dictates of magazine journalism.