Magnum Photos have opened the floodgates for their annual Square Print sale, and the goods on offer are nothing short of amazing.
Held annually, the sale is an opportunity to own work from some of the world’s best photographers, of some of the most important moments in history, for somewhere in the area of $100 (or $130 for Australians tuning in).
This theme for this year’s sale is Freedom, an ode to the 50 years that have passed since the politically and socially turbulent year of 1968. It was a year where international issues of freedom from oppression, freedom of speech, political, and sexual and religious freedom all came to the fore, when the civil rights movement took hold, Martin Luther King was assassinated, and anti-Vietnam war protests began.
Magnum have asked their stable of world-renowned photographers to define what freedom means to them, and the resulting 70 signed, museum-quality 6×6″ prints include iconic shots like Stuart Franklin’s photograph of Tiananmen Square in 1989, Bruce Davidson and Leonard Freed’s images of the US civil rights movement, Robert Capa’s photograph of the liberation of Paris in 1944, Dennis Stock’s iconic image of Venice Beach Rock Festival, and so much more.
What’s the catch? They’re only on sale for one week, and the clock is ticking. Check out some of our favourites from the collection below, then head to shop.magnumphotos.com. to snag a piece of the pie.
“From 1961 to 1965, I bore witness to various demonstrations in the civil rights movement. In this photograph, a group of civil rights demonstrators march from Selma to Montgomery to fight for the right to vote. Freedom was then, as it remains today, something that had to be fought for.” – Bruce Davidson
“Including the photographer, all of the subjects of this photograph (Andy, Edie, Chuck) chose the route of freedom by defying convention.” – Elena Glinn, widow of Burt Glinn
“In the late 1980s, I often found myself stuck in the Miami airport en route to Haiti, a vibrant and troubled Caribbean country I’d been photographing for a decade. From time to time, election-related riots would engulf Port-au-Prince in violence, and force the shutdown of its airport. While stranded in Miami, I started to take a closer look at Florida-this strange and often confounding state of immigrants and senior citizens, land speculators and migrant farm workers, theme parks and strip malls, alligators and sunseekers. Born out of the frustration of waiting to return to Haiti-and the freedom to wander wherever the Floridian light led me-this series of photographs ultimately became my third book, From the Sunshine State.
Would I have seen this beach scene unfold before my eyes if I hadn’t already spent years photographing in Haiti, with its tropical light and volatile weather? This particular afternoon on Miami Beach, a gust of wind caught this boy’s tangerine-colored towel as he rushed off the beach before the storm. Only later did I notice how the sweep of his beach towel echoes the sweep of the dark clouds overhead.” – Alex Webb
“Images at their passionate and truthful best are as powerful as words can ever be. If they alone cannot bring change, they can at least provide an understanding mirror of man’s actions, thereby sharpening human awareness and awakening conscience.” – Cornell Capa
“A Rabari herdsman in Rajasthan, India, leads his livestock to the spot where they’ll rest for the night. He carries an axe, which he uses for cutting fodder. Their semi-nomadic way of life is threatened by urbanization, government policies and the loss of grazing land.” – Steve McCurry
“‘Grace is the beauty of form under the influence of freedom.’ Friedrich Schiller I have spent many enjoyable days, months in Arizona: a place totally opposite in politics and weather to my home country of Wales, thus interesting. The people, though, are similar, extremely welcoming and generous with their time, attention, and friendship. Total freedom seems to me to be tubing on the salt river. Floating down a river in a lorry wheel inner-tube, embellished with a floating picnic. Soaking in the sun and showing off one’s, probably, burnt body.” – David Hurn
“During the 90s, when the communist regime collapsed, and for the years that followed, many families from northern villages and small towns migrated to the suburbs for a better life. When you are an immigrant you feel that nothing belongs to you. Your freedom to dream and to imagine is the only thing you have. Photography is the only freedom I have.” – Enri Canaj
“This image was shot on the beach of Ouidah in 2016, a small town in Benin, where most slaves were shipped from Africa to America. It is an outtake from the series ‘Midnight at the Crossroads’ that I did in collaboration with Bruno Morais. Travelling to different strategic shores, we followed the path of Legba, the Yoruba spirit in charge of the energy of life, and one who is thought to trick you along your journey in order that you may take control of your life and question everything. The different transformations of this spirit in Benin, Cuba, Brazil and Haiti, for example, are indicative of its overarching power and meaning within the history of slavery; he turned religion into a form of resistance.” – Cristina de Middel
“The cold winter leaves the Thrace region of Turkey and welcomes spring with its shining sun and warm winds. People connect again to nature by celebrating it every year during the first week of May in Kirklareli. When I shot this photo, I was running in the wheat field and enjoying the nice weather, remembering my childhood memories with these kids. For them, as for me, it was a moment of pure freedom.” – Emin Özmen
“I made this picture on my first trip to Palestine. I remember how coming upon this scene felt like a mirage. All around it were checkpoints, barbed wires, Israeli military jeeps and the hum from the construction of the separation wall; this woman seemed oblivious to it all as she calmly filled her bucket with olives. The wall now cuts through this village making 75% of the land inaccessible to her and to the farmers who’d worked the land for generations. I dedicate this picture to her and to a future where Palestinians are free from the Israeli occupation of their land and lives.” – Alessandra Sanguinetti
“Free enough to take pictures of things that don’t matter, like spilt cherries on a crosswalk, for instance. …” – Christopher Anderson
“Dear Parents: I’m sure you’ve noticed my odd behavior over the past months. I no longer go to parties. I appear and disappear. This is because I’ve become a revolutionary … Our country is full of misery and backwardness. All Nicaraguans have the sacred mission to fight for the freedom of our people.” Excerpt from a letter written by Edgard Lang Sacasa to his parents. His father, Federico Lang, was a wealthy Nicaraguan businessman and supporter of Somoza. Edgard was killed by the National Guard on April 16, 1979 just before the FSLN overthrew the Somoza dictatorship on July 19, 1979. “Watching from afar as events rapidly unfold in Nicaragua today, I can’t help but think of the dreams that propelled the Nicaraguan people nearly 40 years ago, and what they continue to demand and deserve as they struggle again for their future.” – Susan Meiselas, May 2018