Magnum Photos, a cooperative of photographers that celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is known for its members’ documentation of global events and speaking out against violence and injustice. In recent years, the agency, founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David Seymour so they would no longer be beholden to the agendas of magazine and newspaper editors, has begun to diversify and to tell more varied stories about the world we live in. It has done so by welcoming a new generation of image makers—not only from Europe and the United States, but also from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East—concerned with documenting multiple experiences and modes of being across continents and countries. It has also found new ways of working and reaching out to audiences interested not only in the cooperative, but also in contemporary issues and their photographic representation.
During this tour, curator and scholar Dr. Candice M. Hamelin will speak about the 17 photo-based projects included in the exhibition, offering exciting insights into current photographic trends and the possibilities of photography today.
Dr. Candice M. Hamelin received her MA in Fine Art from the University of Toronto and her PhD in History of Art from the University of Michigan. She has published extensively on the subject of East German photography, and has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Hamelin began her curatorial practice under the guidance of Barbara Fischer at the University of Toronto and has since curated exhibitions in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles. She is the curator at the Stiftung Reinbeckhallen, where she has curated Berlin, 1945–2000: A Photographic Subject and Jetzt: Magnum Photos, among other exhibitions.