Magnum: Witnesses and Visionaries. 1989-1999: The World in a Decade of Photographs

April 5 > July 10, 2000

5 April - 10 July 2000

A selection of photographs illustrating the state of the world after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the massacre of Tiananmen Square, as seen through the different perspectives, and styles, of 56 photographers working for Magnum Photos, the celebrated photographic agency founded in New York in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger, and David "Chim" Seymour.

The exhibition, planned to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the world-famous agency, was divided into three sections: "The Persistence of Rituals," "Chronicles of Disorders," and "The Aesthetics of Daily Life." In the first section, a kind of anthropological investigation into ritual behaviours underlying traditional societies, photos on display included those of native Americans by Guy le Querrec, the Shinto Festival in Shinghu by Peter Marlow, and the ritual sacrifices in Mexico by David Anan Harvey. The second section featured images of, among others, the psychiatric hospital in Pakistan, photographed by Chris Steele-Perkins; attacks by the Haitian police captured by Luc Delaye; Tiananmen Square by Stuart Franklin; poverty and suffering as seen by James Nathwey; the black triangle, the most polluted area in Europe, by Josef Kudelka; and Larry Towell's Palestine. The third section collected stolen images from photographers' travels to the world's cities, including photos of South Africa by Jan Berry and the United States as seen by Costantine Manos.

Exhibition curated by Alessandra Mauro.