Magnum In Motion

Magnum Photos Agency

Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late. – Henri Cartier-Bresson - American Photo, September/October 1997

For 31 consecutive evenings during CONTACT, Magnum In Motion will project short documentary style films from the Magnum Photos agency, in the front windows of the Drake Hotel. Video segments, audio commentary and soundtracks, by and about Magnum photographers, reflects the global experiences of the agency’s members.

Magnum Photos is one of the most prestigious photographic agencies in the world. Representing only 60 members worldwide, it is a cooperative organization fully owned and directed by the photographers. It was founded in 1947 following the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David "Chim" Seymour, who had been scarred by the conflict and became motivated to reflect their experiences without having to suffer the dictates of a single publication and its editorial staff.

Since this time Magnum has created some of the most iconic images we know today – from Capa's first uncensored look behind the Iron Curtain and Cartier-Bresson's landmark coverage of India at the time of Gandhi's assassination, to Dennis Stock’s images of James Dean walking alone in Time’s Square in the rain and Eve Arnold’s enduring images of Marilyn Monroe. Today, Magnum photographers continue to document significant events with honesty and authorship, covering society and people, places of interest, politics and current events, disasters and conflict around the world.

Magnum In Motion, founded in 2004 by French creative director Claudine Boeglin and Danish journalist Bjarke Myrthu, is the interactive digital studio of Magnum Photos. A team of video producers, Flash editors, and web producers take the Magnum experience online with stories that range from photographers' behind-the-scenes, first-hand accounts to thematic essays on thought-provoking topics.

The Magnum In Motion team from New York will be present during the opening week of CONTACT to create a specific piece on the festival for the Magnum archive.