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Magnum Manifesto

Sat 12 October 2019, 11.00amSun 15 December 2019, 5.00pm

Magnum Manifesto

In 1947, following the aftermath of the Second World War, four pioneering photographers founded a now legendary alliance, combining an extraordinary range of individual styles into one powerful collaboration: The Magnum Photos agency.

Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, sharing a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, redefines history and transforms lives. This autumn we are honoured to host Magnum Manifesto, an essential collection of the agency’s most significant and enduring images.

Featuring group and individual projects, the exhibition includes magazine spreads, newspaper articles, excerpts from books, and other rarely-seen material, putting some of the world’s most recognisable images in a creative context. The exhibition captures over 70 years of history and presents the greatest events of the era alongside the more commonplace moments of everyday life.

Please be aware that some photographs contain nudity. In addition some images reference sensitive subjects which people may find challenging.

Watch the video below to learn more about our lead image.

The exhibition is after an original concept by Clement Chéroux and curated in a co-production between ICP and Magnum Photos.

This Is Us

In response to the Magnum Manifesto exhibition we’d like you to submit your photos on the themes of individuality, community or society, to create an installation reflective of our lives and the world today.
We welcome submissions from all ages and experience levels. See the display evolve throughout the autumn, and check to see if your own work has been shown. Visit comptonverney.org.uk/thisisus for more information about how to enter your work.


Header image: Jonas Bendiksen, Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Altai Territory, Russia, 2000 © Jonas Bendiksen /Magnum Photos