70 Years of Correspondences

There is an official date and place for the beginnings of Magnum Photos : April 1947 at the penthouse of MoMA in New York. The cooperative’s incorporation is May 22,1947. The lab Pictorial Services opened at 17 rue de la Comète, in Paris’s 7th arrondissement, on January 12, 1950. However, their common story had begun many years before that. The time, 1950, and the place, Paris, is the official starting point; but to reach this point, many threads from near and far got woven together, forming the strong fabric of an extended relationship and entwined histories, which I retraced in this text. The catalogue is illustrated with numerous historical and contemporary photographs by Magnum members, as well as photographs depicting the Picto photo lab.

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