70 YEARS OF CORRESPONDENCES: MAGNUM PHOTOS AND PICTO 1950-2020
CURATED BY CAROLE NAGGAR OCT. 29 – DEC. 20, 2020 OPENING: OCTOBER 29, 2020, 2 – 9 PM
PICTO and RICHARD TAITTINGER GALLERY are pleased to announce the exhibition 70 YEARS OF CORRESPONDENCES: MAGNUM PHOTOS AND PICTO 1950-2020, curated by Photography historian Carole Naggar. A collaborative partnership with MAGNUM PHOTOS and PICTO, this exhibition is a celebration of the seventy year partnership between two powerhouse institutions in the photography world. Conceived in three parts – YESTERDAY, TODAY and TOMORROW – this exhibition is a survey of this continuous collaboration since 1950 and will be presented through the work of twenty-one photographers, and more than 120 prints (vintage and modern).
The exhibition will be composed of three sections :
YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW
A collection of vintage, estate and modern prints by a group of Magnum Photos photographers who worked with Picto between the 1950s to the 1970s, and even before those dates used Pierre Gassmann and his team- Czigany, Duffort and Ata Kando – as printers.
Werner Bischof, René Burri, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Ernst Haas, Jean Marquis, George Rodger and Chim will be part of this section with topics ranging from Jean Marquis’s sensitive photographs of Liverpool and Budapest to René Burri’s famous photographs of Che Guevara with beret and cigar to Capa’s Spanish Civil War and Normandy Disembarkment Day to early prints from Paris and New York by Cartier-Bresson to elegant, streamlined pictures from Japan by Bischof, prints from the famous « Children of Europe » series by Chim, photographs from life during the 1939-1940 London Blitz by Rodger and portraits of Einstein and Martin Luther King by Haas.
This section will be dedicated to contemporary photographers collaborating with Picto, with a special focus on two French photographers belonging to different generations and practicing vastly different styles: Raymond Depardon, who is showing prints from his 1981 New York Correspondence series, and his contemporary images of New York in color; and Antoine d’Agata, with a mosaic wallpaper and striking nudes and portraits from several different series.
This section will also present prints of Josef Koudelka’s famed series Gypsies, a classic of documentary photography, shot between 1962 and 1971 in Romania, Hungary, France and Spain; color and black and white prints by Bruno Barbey, a color series on Sudan by Thomas Dworzak; and recent abstracted Antarctica landscapes reflecting climate change by Jean Gaumy, several prints of Paris by Martine Franck, black and white street photographs from Paris and New York by Richard Kalvar, Tiananmen Square images and a recent series on the reconstruction of Notre Dame by Patrick Zachmann.
This is the first time that most of these photographers are shown in a New York gallery.
Finally, in a nod to the idea that “the future is female,” Naggar has selected three young women photographers to begin to explore what photography might be and mean Tomorrow. Works by Alessandra Sanguinetti, Carolyn Drake, and Sim Chi Yin present colorful works created in experimentation with Picto Labs for the first time. Sanguinetti’s series On the Sixth Day pictures the life and death of animals in Argentina, Drake’s series California on Fire deals with the recent Californian disasters and depicts the landscapes a few weeks after the fires, and Sim Chi Yin’s Most People Were Silent is a visual investigation of nuclear sites ranging from North Korea to the USA. They explore life and death, and natural and manmade disasters.
An imaginative interrogation of the future of photography, this section of the exhibition points both forward and back to the works and artists that preceded it.
An illustrated catalogue featuring a complete list of the works exhibited, an essay by Carole Naggar, and the detailed chronologies of Picto and Magnum Photos will be published and available at the time of the exhibition.