“Chim picked up his camera the way a doctor takes his stethoscope out of his bag, applying his diagnosis to the condition of the heart.”
As Magnum Photos
approaches its 70th birthday, the agency explores the engagement at the
heart of documentary photography through a Square Print Project
inspired by the work of David “Chim” Seymour. This project is part of a
series examining the lasting legacy of Magnum
co-founders Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and George
Rodger and how their work informs and influences the agency — and wider
photographic practice — today.
The connection between photographer
and subject is a vital element in the power of an individual
photograph. In turn, the image has the power to inspire, inform and
communicate human engagement. Seymour’s empathetic relationship to his
photographic subjects led him to engage deeply with the consequences of
WW2 in Europe; in particular, he made some of this best-known work with
the war orphans he photographed for UNICEF in 1948.
only trying to tell a story. Let the 17th-century painters worry about
the effects. We’ve got to tell it now, let the news in, show the hungry
face, the broken land, anything so that those who are comfortable may be
moved a little.”
For this Square Print Project, Magnum
photographers respond to the theme “Conditions of the Heart” with an
image and text that speaks to this human connection, to create a
collective body of work featuring classic and contemporary imagery.
Their powerful visual authorship defines Magnum
and its continued engagement with the stories that matter. Shedding
light on our collective humanity, these images and text demonstrate why
photography remains so important today.
Photos: (from top) Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos, Abbas/Magnum Photos, Moises Saman/Magnum Photos
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