Friday, May 05, 2017

Looking at the twentieth century through a lens

Happy 70th birthday to Magnum. To mark the occasion, the BBC have put together a short clip exhibiting some of the celebrated photographic agency's most iconic images.

One of the agency's leading lights was Henri Cartier-Bresson, whose pictures of ordinary Brits celebrating coronations and on holiday in Blackpool feature in the Strange And Familiar exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery. The show runs until 29th May, and I'd strongly recommend a visit - not only to enjoy some examples of Cartier-Bresson's work but also to see the influence that he and other Magnum members have had on photographers who have followed.

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