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Magna Brava: Magnum's Women Photographers

Organised by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Magnum Photos, London

Wed 25 Apr – Fri 29 Jun 2001

Magnum Photos was established New York in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David ‘Chim’ Seymour, as an independent photographers’ cooperative. Photo-reportage became the agency’s hallmark, producing some of the most arresting and enduring images of the last half-century. This is the first exhibition to bring together the work of the five female Magnum members.

Each photographer selected a body of work in a region where, in the Magnum tradition, they have spent a considerable amount of time: Eve Arnold in China, Martine Franck in Ireland, Susan Meiselas in Nicaragua and El Salvador, Inge Morath in New York and Marilyn Silverstone in India. The underlying theme of this exhibition is people: the threatened Gaelic community of Ireland’s Tory Island, the terrible impact of violence in Central America and the elegant portraits of the famous and the unknown in New York

Containing 180 photographs in colour and black and white, Magna Brava reveals a distinct and distinguished view of the world by five of the greatest documentary photographers working in the investigative tradition.