Paris Magnum at Hotel de Ville

Paris as seen by thirty Magnum photographers is a free exhibition at the Hotel de Ville (until April 25, 2015). The legendary Magnum photo agency, founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger, is an international photo cooperative owned by its members. Bresson once described it this way: “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually.”

The exhibition with both prints and slides is chunked into time periods ranging from newer photographers such as Martin Parr and Patrick Zachmann working 1990-2014 to the post-war period 1945-1959 with some iconic work by Bresson, Erwitt and Capa. In addition to many well known pictures the exhibition includes several seldom seen photos including Richard Kalvar’s “Paris in Solitude,” Bruno Barbey’s’ “May 68” and Guy le Querrec’s “Paris, Ville de Jazz”  series presented as slide shows.

Magnum Photographers have for 80 years chronicled the life of Paris. The agency provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries and museums across the world. The Magnum library houses all the work produced by Magnum photographers and some special collections by non-members. There are approximately one million photographs in both print and transparency in the physical library, with over 500,000 images available online.

Paris Magnum. To April 25, Hôtel de Ville / Paris City Hall. 5, rue Lobau. Paris, 75004