Compton Verney Art Gallery & Park is hosting Magnum Manifesto, an exhibition featuring some of the most significant and enduring images from The Magnum Photos agency, focusing on the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lenses of 75 leading photographers. This is the only place in the UK in which this unmissable exhibition is being held and it runs until 15th December.
This exhibition is a powerful collection of images bridging the 20th and the 21st century captured through photography– with something for everyone. It includes over 300 prints and photographs, as well as books, magazines, videos, and rarely seen archival documents, putting some of the world’s most recognisable images in a creative context. This vast collection of images and information amassed over the seven decades since the creation of the Magnum Photos Agency highlights the great events of the day, together with the commonplace facts and deeds of everyday life, the laughter, the violence and moments of magic.
Exiled Republicans being transferred from one part of an internment camp for Spanish refugees to another, Le Barcarès, France, 1939. © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos.
In 1947, following the aftermath of the Second World War, the Magnum Photos agency was set up by four pioneering photographers – Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and Chim (David Seymour) combining an extraordinary range of individual styles into one powerful collaboration: The Magnum Photos agency which represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, sharing a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and cultures.
Displayed in three sections: Part I: 1947–1968: Human Rights and Wrongs, Part II: 1969–1989: An Inventory of Differences and Part III: 1990–2017: Stories about Endings, the exhibition charts the greatest events of the past seventy years and the people at their centre, whilst also looking at some of the more unusual occurrences in everyday life.
Highlights include, RFK Funeral Train a poignant set of photos following American Presidential candidate Robert. F. Kennedy’s coffin by rail, from New York to the Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC. Paul Fusco was given exclusive rights to photograph from onboard the train carrying Kennedy’s body and his images show a nation deep in mourning.
Also of note is Danny Lyon whose work will have a particular resonance with viewers of recent TV documentaries that have revealed the lives and stories of inmates in the many prisons of Huntsville, Texas and Thomas Dworzak’s remarkable images of the Taliban taken in 2002.
Magnum Manifesto is from an original concept of Clément Chéroux (Senior Curator of Photography at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and is a co-production between the International Center of Photography (ICP), New York and Magnum Photos.
Compton Verney is an award-winning national art gallery based in a Grade 1 listed Georgian mansion amidst 120 acres of Grade 11 listed Lancelot “Capability” Brown parkland in Warwickshire. With six permanent collections ( Naples, Northern European Art 1450 – 1650, British Portraits, Chinese, British Folk Art & The Max-Lambert Collection) and a schedule of thought-provoking changing exhibitions and events, it is an accredited museum and a registered charity.