The Harry Ransom Center has done it again… after incredible photographic exhibitions this year with Arnold Newman’s images, and Austin’s own Lakes Were Rivers, their Fall opening on September 20, 2013, is with none other than Magnum Photos.

Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century, shaping history and revolutionizing photography’s influence on modern culture. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence.

Its founders, including renowned photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David “Chim” Seymour, and George Rodger, united in their pursuit of creative freedom and their commitment to sharing their images with the world.

Membership in this collective empowered photographers to document conflict and liberation, revolution and reform, while preserving their own powerfully distinct points of view. Over the last 65 years, Magnum has flourished despite the impact of radical technological, economic, and cultural transformations on publishing and media.

Not ones to merely scratch the surface, the Harry Ransom Center is hosting a collection of special events surrounding the exhibition, including a once-in-a-lifetime symposium over the course of three days, bringing together Magnum photographers, “curators, and historians to discuss the ways in which Magnum Photos has continually reinvented itself from the moment of its founding.

This symposium, tracing the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, explores the ways in which the world’s pre-eminent photographic agency has nimbly responded, revealing a global cooperative organization persistently exploring new relationships between photographers, their subjects, and their viewers.

FULL CALENDAR OF EVENTS AFTER THE JUMP

“Greece. Dodecanese Islands. Leros. Leros beach. A patient and a care worker lie in the sun.”
1994 © Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos

Not only does the Harry Ransom Center have an amazing schedule of programing during the entire run of the Magnum Photos exhibition, but they have pulled I Love Texas Photo into the fold and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  We have two separate contests to win some pretty incredible prizes.

WHAT: I Love Texas Photo Sweepstakes: Win tickets to the Symposium!
Enter to win TWO FREE TICKETS to the Harry Ransom Center’s Symposium, Magnum Photos into the Digital Age! A $200 value.

WHERE: Enter to Win here!

WHEN: Contest opens Wednesday, September 4,  and closes Wednesday, September 18. Winner will be announced September 20.


WHAT: I Love Texas Photo Photography Contest: Win a portfolio review!

WHEN: Contest opens Monday, September 23 and closes Monday, October 7.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for details!

“USA. El Paso, Texas. Two men who illegally attempted to enter the U.S. run across the dry Rio Grande River back to Juarez, Mexico after being spotted by the U.S. Border Patrol.”
2011 © Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos


WHAT: ExhibitionRadical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: September 10, 2013 – January 5, 2014


WHAT: Happy Hour - hosted by PhotoShelter with I Love Texas Photo and Austin Center for Photography
Did you know that the “Magnum” of  “Magnum Photos” is in reference to everyone’s favorite party supply, the 1.5 litre magnum of champagne?  A happy hour is most certainly in order.  Come hang pre- exhibition opening reception with free beers and light refreshments c/o PhotoShelter. We will be holding two raffles at the event: one to win a copy of “Magnum Magnum” by Brigitte Lardinois and a second raffle to win an ACP Household membership (good for 2 people at the Basic level, valued at $100)! We’ll be within walking distance to the Harry Ransom Center and can slink the few blocks to the opening together too.

Ransom Center membership or tickets are required for the opening. Tickets can be purchased here.

WHERE: Scholz Garten - 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, Texas 78701

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2013; 5:00 – 7:00 pm


WHAT: Exhibition Opening ReceptionBoundless

Ransom Center membership or tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased here.

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2013; 7:00 – 9:00 pm


WHAT: Curators’ Tour

Exhibition co-curators Jessica McDonald and Roy Flukinger lead a tour of Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Tuesday, October 1, 2013; 7:00 pm

“USA. New York City. East 100th Street.”
1966 © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos


WHAT: ExhibitionEli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan
In this poignant and powerful project carried out in 2001, Magnum photographer Eli Reed traces the path of some of the more than 20,000 boys displaced during the Second Sudanese Civil War.

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: October 22, 2013 – December 8, 2013

 

WHAT: LectureAlec Soth: From Here to There

Magnum photographer Alec Soth presents a visual lecture on his most recent work exploring community life in all its uniquely American varieties. This event is sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School with the support of the Ransom Center, School of Journalism, and College of Liberal Arts.

WHERE: Belo Center for New Media Auditorium – 300 West Dean Keeton St., Austin, Texas 78705

WHEN: Wednesday, October 23, 2013; 7:00 pm


WHAT: LectureJim Goldberg
Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg’s approach has always been eclectic, evolving, and utilizing other mediums, including text. Goldberg has been exhibiting internationally for over 30 years and is the recipient of prestigious international awards and grants. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History with the support of the Harry Ransom Center.

WHERE: Art Building Auditorium 1.102, 2300 Trinity St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Thursday, October 24, 2013; 6:30 pm


WHAT: SymposiumMagnum Photos into the Digital Age
Tickets are required and can be purchased here.

WHERE: AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center – 1900 University Ave., Austin, Texas 78705

WHEN: Friday, October 25 – Sunday, October 27


WHAT: Magnum Film Series – Beginnings
This double-header highlights the famous founders of Magnum Photos, featuring The Decisive Moment (1973), a film narrated by Henri Cartier-Bresson and directed by Cornell Capa, and Robert Capa in Love and War (2002), written and directed by Anne Makepeace.

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Sunday, November 3, 2013; 2:00 pm


WHAT: Magnum Film Series – Conflict and Resolution
Two films and two short videos investigate the personal and professional complexities of documenting war: Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Le Retour (1945), Magnum in Motion videos Wars—Part I (2008) with Philip Jones Griffiths and, in response, Wars—Part II (2008) with Christopher Anderson, and Underway: Werner Bischof Photographer (1987) by filmmakers Marco Bischof and René Baumann.

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Sunday, November 10, 2013; 2:00 pm


WHAT: Magnum Film Series – Aftermath and Return
Years after their groundbreaking images of human catastrophe were first distributed throughout the world, the photographers in these two films reflect on the meaning of their work. Featuring Philip Jones Griffiths’s Cambodian Odyssey (1996) and Susan Meiselas’s Pictures from a Revolution (1991).

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Sunday, November 17, 2013; 2:00 pm


WHAT: Magnum Film Series – Personal Journeys
In these alternately hilarious, cynical, and tender films, two photographers in very different locales point their cameras at their own communities. Featuring Martin Parr’s Think of England (1999) and Gideon Gold’s Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden (2006).

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Sunday, November 24, 2013; 2:00 pm


WHAT: Pop-up ExhibitionAlec Soth and Brad Zellar
After an excursion around Texas, exploring the state’s faces, voices, places, and stories, Magnum photographer Alec Soth and writer Brad Zellar share the results of their wanderings in a one-night-only pop-up exhibition and provide a preview of the Texas installment of their limited edition newspaper The LBM Dispatch. Presented with support from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center – 300 West 21st St., Austin, Texas 78712

WHEN: Friday, December 6, 2013; 7:00 pm


* Exhibition and all programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

RELATED: Coinciding with the exhibition, UT Press has published Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World