MAGNUM photo archives publicly accessible

June 22, 2010

FRANCE. Paris. The photographers David SEYMOUR "Chim" (left) and Robert CAPA. 1952.

Earlier this year Magnum, the photo agency founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and “Chim” Seymour, sold its photojournalism archive (more than 185,000 prints) to a private investment company owned by Michael Dell, which in turn has handed it over to the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas in Austin. The HRC has catalogued these materials in record time, and is now making them available to researchers, the British Journal of Photography reports:

The archives contains images shot by Magnum photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Elliott Erwitt, Leonard Freed, Bruce Davidson, Rene Burri, Eve Arnold, Dennis Stock and more than 80 others, the agency says. It contains ‘images of icons from Picasso to Marilyn Monroe, from Sinatra to Gandhi, and from Castro to a young Queen Elizabeth’, which coexist in the collection with depictions of international conflicts, political unrest and cultural strife. Capa’s famous images from the Spanish Civil War and the D-Day landings are also included in the archives.

More here. For a preliminary inventory at the HRC, see here.