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Paris Metro to Host Exhibition of Magnum Photographs
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Paris Metro to Host Exhibition of Magnum Photographs

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 24 February 2017
In celebration of their 70th anniversary, world renowned press photo agency Magnum are presenting a free public exhibition across the Paris metro system.

Set up in 1947 by four photographers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour, Magnum is now regarded as one of the most influential artist collectives.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, 1997 | © Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, 1997 | © Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos

Boasting some of the greatest photojournalists, artists and storytellers, in the past 70 years, 92 Magnum photographers have chronicled the world, capturing its diversity in unique and authentic style.

Paris, France, Archie Shepp, 1983 | © Guy Le Querrec / Magnum Photos
Paris, France, Archie Shepp, 1983 | © Guy Le Querrec / Magnum Photos

‘At a time when everyone takes photographs there is always room, and indeed a need, for an agency with a heritage and work stretching back seventy years’, says Magnum Photos Executive Director, David Kogan of the RATP exhibition.

Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11 September 2001 | © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos
Brooklyn, New York, USA, 11 September 2001 | © Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos

174 photographs will be be presented across the fifth largest public transport system in the world, ranging from the captivating to the haunting.

Beijing, China, 1989 | © René Burri / Magnum Photos
Beijing, China, 1989 | © René Burri / Magnum Photos

You can expect everything from Guy Le Querrec’s wonderfully spontaneous black-and-white photograph of Archie Shepp the American jazz saxophonist in Paris’ Barbès-Rochechouart district to Thomas Hoepker’s now iconic image of 9/11. Taking the metro has never been so illuminating.

West Berlin, Germany, Separated by the Wall, two brothers gather for Christmas, 1963 | © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos
West Berlin, Germany, Separated by the Wall, two brothers gather for Christmas, 1963 | © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos
Cuba, Rationing Store, 2008 | © Jérôme Sessini / Magnum Photos
Cuba, Rationing Store, 2008 | © Jérôme Sessini / Magnum Photos

La ville en Histoire(s) is on view from February 28 until June 30, 2017 at 11 Paris Metro stations: Bir-Hakeim, Gare de Lyon, Hôtel de Ville, Jaurès, La Chapelle, Luxembourg, Madeleine, Nanterre Université, Pyramides, Saint-Michel and Saint-Denis Porte de Paris (see map below).

Map of the 11 RATP Stations exhibiting the Magnum Photos
Map of the 11 RATP Stations exhibiting the Magnum Photos