This year, Magnum Photos celebrates 70 years of age. It must have been challenging, over the years, to bear witness to so many significant historical events and social and cultural turmoil, while actively trying to change the course of history. The company (and its founders & many eyes) has aged well and has yet to “catch” the real, unadorned image of our planet and ultimately, of ourselves. As their motto, their aspiration towards “challenging injustice, pursuing social equality, and advancing human rights through photography.” The expression itself “activist photography” is, in my opinion, deeply tautological. Is there any OTHER kind of photography out there?
Turin’s very own CAMERA (Centro Italiano per la Fotografia) celebrates the event with an exhibition entitled “L’Italia di Magnum – From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Paolo Pellegrin”, lasting until May 21st, 2017. Curated by Walter Guadagnini, the event brings together over two hundred photos depicting Italy from the 1940s to the present day and reunites yet again the likes of Martin Parr, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leonard Freed, Ferdinando Scianna, Elliott Erwitt, Mark Power, Paolo Pellegrin, Thomas Hoepker, Chris Steele-Perkins, Thomas Dworzak, Erich Lessing, Robert Capa, Patrick Zachmann, Herbert List, and Bruno Barbey.