Beyond ACL: Magnum Photos exhibit

Editor’s note: This article was originally published October 10, 2013

“Radical Transformations: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age” is the first exhibit since the collection of 200,000 Magnum photos landed at the UT’s Ransom Center in 2010.

The show is massive, yet thoughtfully curated, smartly highlighting the historicity of the hundreds of photographs on display, not just the iconic images they bear.

“None of the early Magnum photographers thought their work would be ever collected or ever exhibited as art in a museum,” says Ransom Center curator of photography Jessica McDonald. “It’s important to recognize these photographs as objects.”

On exhibit through Jan. 5, “Radical Transformations” bears repeated visits. There’s just that many wonderful things in it to spend time with.

And given that admission to the Ransom Center is always FREE, repeated visiting is easy.

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One highlight of the show? In a cunning juxtaposition, a small viewing room screens Elliott Erwitt’s short 1971 documentary about the Kilgore Rangerettes drill team from Texas’ Kilgore College, “Beauty Knows No Pain” alternating with Martine Franck’s short, “What Has Happened to the American Indian?” from the same year.

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