"Great Journeys" Magnum Photos Square Print Sale with Aperture Foundation

October 30, 8 A.M. EST to November 3, 6 P.M. EST only
Signed or estate-stamped, 6x6" museum quality prints for $100

Band member at parade. Bangalore, India. 2016 © Alec Soth / Magnum Photos

I recently went to India to study ‘laughter yoga’ in hopes of learning how to make happy pictures. But my best photograph still ended up looking a little sad.” - Alec Soth

On the occasion of Magnum’s 70th anniversary and Aperture Foundation’s 65th, the two storied organizations have joined forces to present Great Journeys, inspired by Magnum co-founder, the photographer George Rodger.

Rodger’s response to the experience of World War II, and in particular his revulsion to photographing scenes of the Holocaust, led him to re-evaluate his purpose as a photographer. After the war, Rodger chose to travel in search of pictures that offered visions of hope for humanity.

Cheshire, Ohio II. 2004 © Mitch Epstein courtesy Aperture

I went to Cheshire, Ohio, in 2003 to make pictures of a town that had been bought out by American Electric Power. The townspeople had been complaining of toxic contamination from the local coal-fired power plant, and had agreed, for a price, to keep silent and never sue AEP. It was when I returned home to New York, and couldn’t get Cheshire and its residents out of my mind, that I began the series ‘American Power,’ in an effort to understand how energy functions: who makes it; who and what gets hurt by it; who profits from it; and what might be its, and therefore the nation’s, future.” - Mitch Epstein

Magnum Photos and Aperture have a long and diverse shared history, and together have invited photographers - either members of Magnum or published by Aperture, and often, both - to respond to the theme Great Journeys with an image from their archive, as well as accompanying text.

Scotty’s Drive in. Florida. 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz courtesy Aperture

Here’s Scotty’s Sometimes when you’re traveling in the car all day, on the lookout for life on the fly, a great thirst comes over you and that desire for the next event evaporates immediately upon seeing an old-fashioned diner, I mean the real thing, not some dolled-up imitation serving prepackaged crap, but a place where some degree of reverence for the past lets you know that a milkshake from childhood can be found there. And here’s Scotty’s. Mmmmmm”

Both individually and collectively, their responses highlight the major visual and thematic threads that have preoccupied the past seven decades of photographic production, shedding light on Rodger’s legacy, and redefining the concept of journey in photographic terms.

These photographs are a selection from this project and is temporarily available for purchase as a signed, museum quality Magnum Square Print, exceptionally priced at just $100.

Liberation Day Tea at the Forest United Methodist Church. Guernsey. 2012 © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos

The Channel Islands were the only part of Britain that were taken over by the Nazis during the Second World War. They were liberated on May 9, 1945: This day is now called Liberation Day and continues to be celebrated on all of the islands every year. I had wanted to shoot the events around May 9 in the Channel Islands for many years and did so in 2012, travelling to the Islands to make pictures of the 68th anniversary celebrations of the liberation. This is an image from a 'Liberation Tea' at a small Methodist church on Guernsey, a day when Union Jacks are ubiquitous.” - Martin Parr

The edition is not limited by quantity, but limited by time. This Square Print is only available for purchase between October 30, 2017, at 8 A.M. EST and November 3, 2017, at 6 P.M. EST.

All signed Magnum Square Prints are signed on either the front or back, depending on the photographer's preference. Estate-stamped prints are stamped on the back. Each photographer's accompanying text is printed on an archival label that is affixed to the back of the print.

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