The Photographic Cooperative that Influenced the World: The Origins of the Founding of Magnum Photos

Fujifilm Square

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[Image: David Seymour / Magnum Photos, 1951]

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Magnum Photos was founded in 1947 based on an idea by renowned photographer Robert Capa and included Henri Cartier-Bresson among its founding members. The group members were active photojournalists during the Second World War, and founded the cooperative with the aim of encouraging people to see the world through new perspectives. This was a time when the world had just begun to recover from the ravages of war, and the concept of human rights was only just beginning to become widely recognized. Robert Capa had always placed great importance on the visual recording of actual events and was a pioneer of photojournalism, while Henri Cartier-Bresson raised the artistic levels of photography to new heights, conceiving of photography as the capturing of a decisive moment. Magnum Photos was founded on the principle of blending the recording of events and artistic expression into a single composition, heralding the rise of documentary photography. From the outset, the spirit of Magnum Photos was to utilize the power of photography to capture world events with an artistic predilection aimed at bringing the concept of humanism to a wider audience. We very much hope that this photo exhibition, which brings together acclaimed works of photographers during the early days of Magnum Photos, will provide visitors with an opportunity to revisit their thoughts on the world and the times in which we live.

[Other artists] Marc Riboud, Inge Morath, Eve Arnold, Elliott Erwitt, Dennis Stock



from October 06, 2017 to October 25, 2017



Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 19:00
Note:Closed on New Year holidays.


Address: West 1F, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Phone: 03-6271-3350

Direct access from Roppongi Station on the Oedo and Hibiya subway lines, 5 minutes walk from Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line.

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