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Alessandra Sanguinetti, "The Necklace",  Buenos Aires, Argentina,1999 | 
© Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti, "The Necklace", Buenos Aires, Argentina,1999 | © Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos

Magnum Celebrates 70th Birthday With London-Wide Series of Events

Picture of Freire Barnes
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 22 May 2017

To celebrate the photographic cooperative’s 70th anniversary, Magnum have organised a global programme of events that includes exhibitions, talks, artist-in-residences, a free show in the Paris Metro, an anniversary publication and pop-up initiatives. Here we highlight some of the festivities taking place in London.

Live Lab

Discover more about the creative process of photography at these two exhibitions, which showcase three Magnum photographers, Olivia Arthur, Carl de Keyzer and Mark Power. During a two week residency at Magnum’s Print Room, where the space was transformed into a live pop-up lab, each created a new body of work which responded to the local Clerkenwell area that’s rich in photographic history.

Magnum Print Room, 63 Gee Street, London EC1V 3RS from May 19 to July 14, 2017. Wednesdays–Fridays; 11am–4.30pm.

Western Transit Shed, 11 Stable Street, Kings Cross N1C 4AB from June 24 to July 30, 2017. Friday to Sunday; noon–4pm.

Olivia Arthur, A ‘hen party’ on a Saturday night in the streets on Brighton, UK 2016 | © Olivia Arthur/ Magnum Photos

David Hurn’s Swaps

This exhibition of 70 works from David Hurn’s extensive photographic collection is curated by Martin Parr as part of Photo London. Accumulated from swapping prints with fellow photographers, the works reveal the diversity of Magnum photographers. Taking inspiration from the concept, exhibition partner, theprintspace Gallery are encouraging photographers to swap works – the resulting Swap Shop exhibition will take place from June 29 to July 11, 2017.

The Embankment Gallery West, Somerset House, London WC2R 1LA until May 21, 2017.

David Hurn, Peter O’Toole, Actor, British leading actor of both stage and film, UK 1962 | © David Hurn / Magnum Photos

Magnum: 70 at 70

What better way to celebrate your 70th birthday than showcasing 70 iconic photographs from your back catalogue. Heralded as creating the most prestigious photo agency in the world, this presentation celebrates the dynamism of a community of photographers who have captured 20th-century icons and witnessed major events from around the globe.

King’s Cross Tunnel, London N1C 4TB until June 11, 2017.

Dennis Stock, James Dean, Times Square, New York City, USA, 1955 | © Dennis Stock/Magnum Photos

The Magnum Home With Plinth

Here, you can experience an exhibition of photographs curated by Ekow Eshun from the Magnum archive that documents youth culture alongside Nigerian-inspired interiors by young designer Yinka Ilori. The show celebrates the first ever product collaboration between Magnum and Plinth, so if a print isn’t quite in your price range, maybe a Martin Parr tray or a Chris Steele-Perkins silk scarf would be a worthy alternative.

44 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3PA until May 21, 2017.

Courtesy Plinth | © Magnum Photos and Thames & Hudson

Courtesy Plinth | © Magnum Photos and Thames & Hudson

Magnum Photos Now

Expanding the appreciation of the Magnum family, this series of discussions in collaboration with Barbican, seeks to reflect upon and expand the critical discourse surrounding photography.

Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS various ticketed events until July.

Alessandra Sanguinetti, The Necklace, Argentina, Buenos Aires, 1999 | © Alessandra Sanguinetti / Magnum Photos