Magnum’s Square Print Sale is back, and there’s even more reason for you to pick up a world-class photo this year.
In partnership with Vogue, Magnum Photos will donate 50% of all proceeds from the one-week-only sale to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). With over 100 archival-quality prints—all signed or estate-stamped—from Magnum and Vogue photographers selling off for $100 a pop, I’d wager that’s a hell of a lot of money that’ll be going to an incredibly worthy cause.
The sale will present over 100 images and texts under the theme of Solidarity, challenging participating photographers to reflect upon the power of togetherness in tumultuous times. There’s a stupidly good lineup of both photographers past and present involved, including Daniel Arnold, Eli Reed, Eve Arnold, Raymond Depardon, Yael Martinez, Shirin Neshat, Ed Templeton and more.
Magnum’s Square Print Sale is now on until Sunday, August 2, 6 PM EST. Check out the stories and photographer’s reflections on their work below, then go pick up a print here.
The Space Between, from the series Firefly. Guerrero, Mexico. 2020.
‘I am interested in speaking, in an intimate and symbolic respect, of changes in the social structure and how they are reflected in my family, in my daughters: how children now visualise their present, what their dreams are, their fears, what they long for the most.
Isolation creates new challenges, but also gives rise to a deep reflection on our society. I am interested in the changes we have to make to face the present and provide tools for our children so that we can move forward towards new horizons. And I am interested in how we build a community and create a sense of togetherness.’ – Yael Martinez
Training activists not to react to provocation. Civil strike, CORE group (Congress of Racial Equality). Petersburg, Virginia, USA. 1960.
‘In Eve Arnold’s book, Flashback! The 50’s, she recalled the following: “CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) was representative of group cooperation between blacks and whites. They had set up training facilities throughout the South to teach resistance techniques that would open doors that white bigotry had closed…
…It was tough training. The next day, still in the church, Priscilla Washington was given a practical lesson in what might happen to her when she sat down at a white lunch counter. Fellow blacks trained for the work [and] acted out the parts of whites. Priscilla was called ‘biggity [n—–]’ and ‘black bastard’ and remarks like ‘What you want anyway? Haven’t we done enough for you?’ were thrown at her, while her trainers pulled her hair and a man blew smoke in her face. She stood it stoically for two hours, trying to concentrate on the Bible she was reading.”
60 years on from this photo, the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and many others remind us there is much work still to be done. The NAACP needs your support to campaign for vital policy reform.’ – Michael Arnold, Estate of Eve Arnold
American athletes Larry James, Lee Evans and Ron Freeman (left to right) on the winner’s podium for the 400-meter relay at the 1968 Olympic Games. Mexico City, Mexico. 1968.
‘Night has fallen, it is the month of October 1968. The crowd at the Olympic Stadium in Mexico City is full of joy. Tommie Smith and John Carlos have given their Black Power salutes, and now it is the turn of Lee Evans, Larry James and Ron Freeman to echo the gesture of protest and raise their fists at the 400-meter medal ceremony.’ – Raymond Depardon
Fishing. English trawler from Fleetwood, Lancashire. North Atlantic. 1970.
‘In the 70’s I was commissioned by The Daily Telegraph to do a job on a boat that was embarking for a fishing season, in the waters between England and Iceland. It was an older-style boat where fishermen still worked on the deck in all weather conditions to empty the nets and gut the fish before storing them in the hold. Going out at sea is not my thing, especially as we had terrible storms with very rough seas and you could be swept away by one of those gigantic waves that kept on rolling in. In spite of these terrible conditions, having to take pictures was a great help as it did not leave me much time to dwell on my fears. But the greatest comfort was the feeling of solidarity that prevailed on the boat. Though each individual had a specific job to do, you knew that if the going got tough you could count on the people around you. On a boat, it is a matter of life and death.’ – Harry Gruyaert
Lambton County, Ontario, Canada. 1990.
‘I began photographing Mennonite migrant workers as they arrived from Mexico to plant and harvest the fruit and vegetables of Ontario. It was the first summer in Ontario for Nancy Klassen, who is wearing a traditional headscarf and standing on a tomato harvester with her cousins as it rounds the end of a cornfield. The other girls, who’d come from the same insular colony in Mexico, had lived in Canada for several years and understood the struggle of language and culture she would have to surmount. They spent the summer helping build her confidence in a new and modern world.’ – Larry Towell
Tell Your Friends to Pull Up. New York City. 2020.
‘Through my artistic expression, I’ve learned about myself and was able to learn about others. My photography lets me tell stories, send but also transcend messages. My work connects me to who I am, where I come from, and most of all those around me. Pride is about celebrating our ability to stand up for ourselves. This year we are called upon to stand up and against the violence and hate thrust onto so many Black and brown bodies. Attending the Black Trans Lives Matter March in Brooklyn was a moving, historical moment.’ – Richie Shazam
Solidarity’, the Magnum’s Square Print Sale, in support of NAACP and in collaboration with Vogue, runs from Monday, July 27, 9 AM EST to Sunday, August 2, 6 PM EST 2020. Signed or estate-stamped, museum-quality, 6×6” prints from over 100 visual artists will exceptionally be available for $100, for 7 days only, from magnumphotos.com/shop