The Unexpected - The Magnum Square Print Sale



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22-28 March, 2021



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From Monday March 22 through Sunday March 28 Magnum Photos will present The Unexpected. Celebrating the unpredictability of life, the curation of this Magnum’s Square Print Sale explores the happy accidents and unusual turns of events that lead to memorable images.
Over more than seven decades, Magnum photographers have reported on and witnessed events around the world which changed societies, nations, and peoples in unpredictable ways. This March, Magnum opens its vault offering, for one week only, select archival-quality prints, signed by the photographers or estate-stamped by the estates, are for just $100 each.
Some key artworks include Stuart Franklin‘s image of an unarmed man stepping in front of a tank during the 1989 government crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, Susan Meiselas‘ 1979 photograph of Pablo ‘Bareta’ Arauz in Nicaragua  launching a molotov cocktail at the National Guard HQ, Paul Fusco‘s series of images taken from the moving train that bore RFK’s body across the United States, Raymond Depardon‘s photograph of a youth sat astride the Berlin Wall on November 11, 1989, Cristina de Middel‘s image — from her series The Afronauts — recreating a little known historical space program, and so many more depicting the unexpected, unpredictable moments in history.
Considering it’s Women’s History Month, Magnum draws focus to some of the great women photographers featured in The Unexpected. Sabiha Çimen‘s student’s on break from Qur’an school, Olivia Arthur‘s children at an indoor ski center, Eve Arnold‘s image of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, among many others.
Monday, March 22, 9AM EST to Sunday, March 28, 12PM PST
About Magnum Photos
Magnum Photos was founded in Paris in 1947 as an artists’ co-operative by four pioneering photographers: Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour. The legendary photo agency continues to shape photographic practice and maintains its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence, representing an idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. Magnum photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.
Top Left: JONAS BENDIKSEN/MAGNUM PHOTOS Shinjuku, Tokyo. 2016 / Top Right: STUART FRANKLIN/MAGNUM PHOTOS ‘The tank man’. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. June 4, 1989 / Bottom Left: SABIHA ÇIMEN/MAGNUM PHOTOS Students having fun on an artificial lake on the weekend. Istanbul, Turkey. 2018 / Bottom Right: SUSAN MEISELAS ‘Molotov Man’. Sandinistas at the walls of the Esteli National Guard headquarters. Esteli, Nicaragua. 1979