October 2, 2013

Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age & Symposium

Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin
Jonas Bendiksen, Russia. Altai Territory. Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Environmentalists fear for the region’s future due to the toxic rocket fuel, 2000, chromogenic color print, 14 ⅝ x 22 in. © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos.

The Harry Ransom Center a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, presents the symposium “Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.” Scheduled for October 25–27, the symposium is in conjunction with the Ransom Center’s fall exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age.

Over the last 65 years, Magnum has flourished despite the impact of radical technological, economic, and cultural transformations on publishing and media. This symposium, tracing the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, explores the ways in which the world’s pre-eminent photographic agency has nimbly responded, revealing a global cooperative organization persistently exploring new relationships between photographers, their subjects, and their viewers.

The symposium at the Harry Ransom Center brings together photographers, curators, and historians to discuss the ways in which Magnum Photos has continually reinvented itself from the moment of its founding.

Symposium registration information, including registration, is available onlineRegistration closes on October 10, 2013.

Twelve Magnum photographers, including Christopher AndersonBruno BarbeyMichael Christopher BrownJim GoldbergJosef KoudelkaAlex Majoli, Susan MeiselasMark PowerMoises SamanAlessandra SanguinettiAlec Soth, and Chris Steele-Perkins, as well as Magnum CEO Giorgio Psacharopulo are scheduled to appear in panel discussions with a focus on the cooperative’s evolution and future. Panel moderators include Kristen Lubben, Curator and Associate Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of Photography, New York; Anne Wilkes Tucker, Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; David Little, Curator of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Stuart Alexander, Independent Curator and International Specialist, Photographs, Christie’s, New York; and Jessica S. McDonald, Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography at the Ransom Center.

The symposium keynote address will be delivered on Friday, October 25 by Fred Ritchin, Professor of Photography and Imaging at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and co-director of Pixel Press and the NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights educational program.

The Magnum Photos Inc. photography collection resides at the Ransom Center courtesy of MSD Capital, Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan.


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