Magnum Photos and Vogue are giving us a reason to buy more art – while supporting an incredible cause – with this July’s Square Print Sale.
Art and activism have go hand-in-hand with Magnum Photos’ selection of images, a curation of over 100 images and texts by international visual artists. The images celebrate the strength of both individuals and communities in the face of adversity and conflict, themes more relevant than ever during a politically and socially tumultuous year.
Over the past few months with the globalization of the Black Lives Matter movement, plus the international devastation wrought by the pandemic leading to an uptick nationalist rhetoric, the photos featured in the print sale examine the simultaneous human yearning for community and connection.
From the press release:
“Solidarity, the July 2020 Square Print Sale, sees Magnum Photos supporting the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in collaboration with Vogue. The selection will bring together over 100 images and texts by international visual artists. In a year of global societal and political upheaval that has seen the Black Lives Matter cause taken up around the world as well as hundreds of millions facing government restrictions on movement, this theme challenges participating photographers to reflect upon the power of togetherness in tumultuous times.
…Everyday demonstrations of unity are shown in Harry Gruyaert’s photograph of fishermen working together in a storm, W. Eugene Smith’s 1951 portrait of midwife Maude Callen supporting her community, Hassan Hajjaj’s troupe of acrobats from Tangiers and the visual harmony of the multicoloured raincoats of cyclists in the rain captured by Stuart Franklin in Shanghai.”
50% of the proceeds from the Magnum Square Print Sale will be donated to the NAACP.
Some key artists involved in the print sale include Daniel Arnold, Christopher Anderson, Peter van Agtmael, Eve Arnold, Miranda Barnes, Matt Black, June Canedo de Souza, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, W. Eugene Smith, Stuart Franklin, Harry Gruyaert, Hassan Hajjaj, Bob Henriques, Yael Martinez, Eli Reed, Richie Shazam, Alec Soth, Newsha Tavakolian, Shirin Neshat, Larry Towell, Ed Templeton and others.
‘Solidarity’, the Magnum’s Square Print Sale, in support of NAACP and in collaboration with Vogue, runs from Monday, July 27, 9AM EST to Sunday, August 2, 6PM 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