In February we brought the news that Michael Dell , the founder of Dell computers had acquired the Magnum print archive through his investment company MSD Capital . In fact, what the company bought were the prints of the New York archive of Magnum Photos. These 185.000 prints will now be catalogued and preserved in the Harry Ranson Center in Texas, Austin.
Dennis Stock / Magnum Photos
While this means a large quantity of unique prints are ‘in hiding’ for a while there are still opportunities to view rare prints from the Magnum Archive. Magnum in London is organising the exhibition ‘Early Magnum’ from the 7th to the 22nd of April in the Magnum print room in East London.
The exhibition contains work from the first 10 years of the agency (1947-1957) and includes its four founders. Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, George Rodger and Robert Capa; series’ by Werner Bischof, Leonard Freed and Dennis Stock, as well as individual images by Eve Arnold, Rene Burri, Cornell Capa, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Erich Hartmann, Burt Glinn, Inge Morath and Wayne Miller. Nuba series (1949), a striking portrait of a Chinese child soldier taken in 1938 by Robert Capa and two larger signed exhibition prints of early post war street scenes in China (1948) and Hong Kong (1949) by Henri Cartier-Bresson complete the founders’ selection.