Magnum Photos into the Digital Age September 10, 2013 – January 5, 2014
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 ensuring 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. Established during the post-war golden age of the picture magazine, Magnum has flourished despite the impact of radical technological, economic, and cultural transformations on publishing and media. When television began to take over as the dominant form of mass communication in the 1950s, Magnum photographers explored motion picture and book formats. As the editorial market continued to shrink, photographers found new audiences in museums and galleries. Over the last decade, new technologies have dramatically changed the way photographic imagery is captured, distributed, and consumed. In this new environment, Magnum photographers have kept pace, experimenting with a variety of multimedia platforms to publish their work.
Organized by Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger, this exhibition of approximately 300 works investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux, persistently exploring new relationships between photographers, their subjects, and their viewers.
Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World, edited by Steven Hoelscher, Academic Curator of Photography at the Ransom Center, will be published in fall 2013 by the University of Texas Press.
The Magnum Photos Collection resides at the Harry Ransom Center courtesy of MSD Capital, Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan.
Eli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan October 22 – December 8, 2013
The Harry Ransom Center presents Eli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan, an exhibition of photographs by Eli Reed (b. 1946), Magnum photographer and Clinical Professor of Photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin. In 2001, Reed traced the path of some of the more than 20,000 "Lost Boys," as aid workers have called them, some as young as five years old, forced to flee after their families were massacred or enslaved during the Second Sudanese Civil War. Wandering the equatorial wilderness between Sudan and Ethiopia for years on foot, those who survived starvation and disease eventually reached a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, where over 3,000 of them awaited resettlement through a United Nations partnership with the U. S. State Department. Reed’s powerful series documents their journey as they leave the camp and adjust to life in the United States, acclimating to a starkly different culture and a new world of formidable challenges.
James Turrell: Deep Sky October 15 – December 13, 2013
The Harry Ransom Center's James Turrell: Deep Sky features seven aquatints created by Turrell in collaboration with the publisher Peter Blum Edition. The prints feature renderings of Roden Crater, the artist's decades-long project of transforming an extinct volcano in Arizona into a multi-chambered environment for experiencing the perceptual qualities of light. Two books that explore the life and work of Turrell, as well as a topographical map of Roden Crater and its surroundings, will also be on display.
James Turrell: Deep Sky is offered by the Center in conjunction with the Landmarks opening of The Color Inside, a Skyspace by James Turrell on the Rooftop Garden of The University of Texas at Austin Student Activity Center. Landmarks is the Public Art Program of The University of Texas at Austin.
Location: Director's Gallery, Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Gutenberg Bible
The Gutenberg Bible is the first substantial book printed from movable type on a printing press. The Ransom Center holds one of five complete copies in the United States.
The First Photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826 or 1827. The image depicts the view from an upstairs window at Niépce's estate, Le Gras, in the Burgundy region of France.