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A Llama in Times Square . New York, USA , 1957 © Courtesy of Magnum Photos
Magnum Contact Sheets

Amerika Haus
Hardenbergstr. 22-24
10623 Berlin
DE
October 31st, 2014 - January 16th, 2015
Opening: October 30th, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Between 31 October 2014 and 18 January 2015C/O Berlinwill present the exhibition Magnum . Contact Sheets. The opening will be held on Thursday, 30. October 2014, at 7pm in Amerika Haus in the Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin.

The decisive moment – in photography this determines everything. It is a synthesis between knowledge, sensitivity, technology, form, coincidence and pure intuition. When all these elements come together, such strong, unique images are created that they transcend the everyday and reveal something of the essence of life. However, what is the crucial factor that turns particular photographs into icons, engraining them into our collective memory? What happened shortly before, what followed subsequently? The contact sheet documents much more than the decisive moment. It provides an intimate insight into the working process of the act of photographing. The artist’s sequences of images follow the traces of movement through the space and also testify to photography’s goal of presenting reality in a way that is transparent.

At the same time, showing this raw material means absolutely breaking a taboo. This medium is not usually intended for publication, remaining in the protected space of the studio or photo workshop as an intermediate product. The contact sheet is first and foremost the photographer’s logbook, a decision-making aid for the selection and indexing of subsequent negative archives. Yet at the same time it is more than an artistic sketchbook; it shows the failed steps taken en route to the end product with all its errors, blunders, blind alleys – and lucky coincidences. Here, each twist and turn and every decision has been recorded. With this complete transparency and exposure of his working methods, the photographer makes himself vulnerable. He risks breaking the aura of the single image and disenchanting the creative process. Hence when looking at the contact sheet, the viewers become fascinated. On the one hand because they can participate directly in the process, looking over the artist’s shoulder, and on the other hand because they are doing something forbidden – like looking at someone else’s diary or into their wardrobe.

In the light of this, the rare insight the legendary photo agency Magnum provides with this exhibition is even bolder. It includes more than 100 contact sheets from seven decades by the most renowned photographers worldwide – ranging from Robert Capa,Henri Cratier-BressonChimWerner BischofGeorge Rodgerund Elliott ErwittInge MorathRené BurriEve Arnold,Leonard FreedThomas HoepkerJosef Koudelka and Gilles Peress to Martine FranckMartin ParrJim GoldbergTrent ParkeJonas BendiksenBruno BarbeyPaolo Pellegrin andAlec Soth.

The exhibition shows a chronological sequence of passionately committed reportage from the Second World War, street scenarios from the Prague Spring, icons such as Che Guevara, Mohammed Ali and Malcom X, the Balkan Wars and Bloody Sunday, hot spot Middle East, portraits of Japanese, Brazilian and British society, as well as many more historical events worldwide. By means of this unique combination of contact sheets, three different levels are visible in the exhibition: The respective political-sociological contents of the photographs themselves, the general history of photojournalism, as well as the history of the origins of each of the photos. All of the analogue image formats are included in the compilation put together by Magnum – from the standard 35mm format to panorama shots or large format photos in black-and-white or colour. The comments and markings made by photographers or photo editors are often visible, showing the best motifs in the series or determining the precise detail of a photo.


C/O Berlin präsentiert vom 31. Oktober 2014 bis 18. Januar 2015 die Ausstellung Picture Yourself . Magnum Photomaton. Die Eröffnung findet am Donnerstag, den 30. Oktober 2014, um 19 Uhr im Amerika Haus in der Hardenbergstraße22-24, 10623 Berlin, statt.

 

Biometrisch, praktisch, gut. Fotoautomaten sind vor allem eins: technisch-stoisch. Jeder saß schon einmal in einer dieser nüchternen Kabinen mit Vorhang und drehbarem Stuhl, Münzeinwurf, gleißendem Blitz und Ausgabeschlitz. Fotoautomaten sind besondere Aggregate autorenloser Fotografie, in denen der Porträtierte zugleich Akteur und Objekt ist. In ihrer Statik und Funktionalität sind sie das absolute Gegenteil einer erzählerisch-individuellen Fotografie, für die die legendäre Agentur Magnum steht. Und doch gehen diese beiden fotografischen Prinzipien kongenial zusammen.

 

C/O Berlin präsentiert weltweit zum ersten Mal sechs eigens konstruierte Fotoautomaten, die die Besucher im Stil von Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Philippe Halsman, Steve McCurry und Bruce Gilden ablichten. Was für ein Paradox – Maschinen simulieren perfekt den individuellen Ansatz der renommierten Magnum-Fotografen! Wer ist in diesem Spiel eigentlich der Urheber? Und das Beste ist, dass der Besucher nach jeder Session sein originales Magnum-Porträt direkt als Print mitnehmen oder als digitale Datei im Internet verbreiten kann.

 

Die unabhängige Fotoagentur Magnum wurde 1947 in New York von Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, David Seymour sowie Rita und William Vandivert gegründet. Ziel war vornehmlich die Stärkung der Position des Fotojournalisten, der gegenüber einem schnell wachsenden Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenmarkt die Rechte an seinen Negativen behalten und damit besser abgesichert werden sollte. Die Agentur führte das Copyright am Bild ein, wodurch sie einen wesentlichen Anteil an der Geschichte und Entwicklung des modernen Fotojournalismus hat. Heute zählt die Kooperative 40 Vollmitglieder und 16 Korrespondenten und unterhält Niederlassungen in Paris, London, New York und Tokio.

 

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