Harry Ransom CenterThe University of Texas at Austin

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Fall 2010 Newsletter

Magnum Photos collection resides at the Ransom Center

Paul McCartney on a train. Click to enlarge.

David Hurn. G.B. ENGLAND. London. 1964. The Beatles during filming of A Hard Days Night. The film was primarily shot on a moving train. Fan recognizing Paul McCartney. The back of the photograph with various stamps shown here show where the photo was printed. © David Hurn/Magnum Photos

Library shelves. Click to enlarge.

The Magnum collection at the Ransom Center, with Alex Webb's GRENADA. Gouayave. Bar. 1979 in foreground © Webb/Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos, Inc., MSD Capital, L. P., and the Ransom Center recently announced a landmark partnership under which the Magnum Photos collection, which contains nearly 200,000 original press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, will be preserved, cataloged, and made accessible by the Ransom Center. The collection will reside at the Ransom Center pursuant to an agreement with its new owner, an affiliate of MSD Capital, which recently acquired the prints from Magnum Photos.

Magnum Photos, the venerable agency founded, owned, and managed cooperatively by its member photographers, has set a standard for photographic excellence and innovation for more than 60 years. The vintage prints in the collection have been amassed since the 1930s and include images of major world events, celebrities, family life, poverty, religion, and social affairs captured by Magnum photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Leonard Freed, Bruce Davidson, René Burri, Eve Arnold, Dennis Stock, and more than 80 others.

The Magnum Photos collection is now open to researchers, students and the public at the Ransom Center, and an inventory of the collection can be found online.

The Center will encourage interest in the collection through scholarly research, fellowships, lectures, and exhibitions and will also host visits and programs with Magnum photographers.

Magnum Photos Collection


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