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Exhibition Detail
Magnum Contact Sheets
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January 20th, 2012 - May 6th, 2012
January 20th, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Che Guevara, Havana, Rene BurriRene Burri, Che Guevara, Havana, 1963
© Courtesy of Rene Burri/Magnum Photos

Magnum Contact Sheets reveals how Magnum photographers have captured and edited their best shots from the 1930s to the present. The contact sheet, a direct print of a roll or sequence of negatives, is the photographer's first look at what he or she has captured on film, and provides a uniquely intimate glimpse into their working process. It records each step on the route to arriving at an image—providing a rare behind-the-scenes sense of walking alongside the photographer and seeing through their eyes. Including both celebrated icons of photography and lesser-known surprises, the exhibition functions as an "epitaph" to the contact sheet, now rendered obsolete by digital photography. Through these fascinating and usually private images, the exhibition celebrates what and how photographers saw for nearly a century. Coinciding with the publication of Magnum Contact Sheets (Thames & Hudson), edited by ICP Associate Curator Kristen Lubben, the exhibition will include a selection of some of the 139 contact sheets in the book.

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