After stuffing ourselves nigh senseless over the holidays, we’re now gradually returning to normal life. Or to life as normal as life gets during one’s holidays. Yes, I still am off work (will return on Monday) and have enjoyed every moment of it. It feels almost like being at school again, when you have the two weeks over Christmas off.
So as to not spend all of our holidays procrastinating, yesterday Mr A and I once more visited Galerie WestLicht, this time for an exhibition titled “In Our Time: Magnum 1947-1987″, which didn’t disappoint (not that we had expected otherwise).
145 prints, most monochrome but some also in colour, give you an idea not only of what happened globally/ historically during the first 40 years since Magnum was founded but also of the personalities the cooperative comprised of (ie. the photographers who took the shots).
If you’re only somewhat interested in photography, you will have seen many of the pictures before. Names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson or Robert Capa will be familiar to you. However, there were many names I didn’t recognise – even though I very well remembered the pictures these persons had taken.
A very interesting 90min video also gives you an insight into the process of becoming a member of Magnum, which emphasises the exclusivity of being a part of it.
The only thing I missed was a connection to the present, but I guess that wasn’t the idea of it.
What was the last exciting exhibition you were at? Why and how was it so memorable to you?