Last chance for monumental Magnum Photos exhibit

Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 29, 2013

This is the last week for the monumental exhibit “Radical Transformations,” the first since the collection of 200,000 Magnum photos landed at the University of Texas’ Ransom Center in 2010.

More than 400 photographs are on display, illuminating how through its history, Magnum Photos continually shifted its business practices as the business of images shifted.

On exhibit are photos by Magnum members Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, David “Chim” Seymour, Inge Morath, Cornell Capa, Eve Arnold and many others.

A cooperative agency created by and for freelance photojournalists in order to manage, promote and sell their work, Magnum Photos started in 1947, giving photojournalists unprecedented independence at a time when photography still had not gained widespread artistic or journalistic credibility.

The exhibit opens with black-and-white photos from Magnum’s early days. It goes traces the evolution of the photographic images as they took on more artistic qualities in the 1960s and 1970s, with photographers publishing luminous books of their work to express their distinctive point-of-view.

“Radical Transformations: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.” Exhibit continues through Jan. 5. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday (Closed New Year’s Day; Thursday open until 7 p.m.), noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ransom Center, University of Texas campus, Guadalupe and 21st streets. Free. www.hrc.utexas.edu

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