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Magnum Photos announce expansion plans

Magnum Photos CEO Caitlin Hughes has announced a new location in Paris which will feature a ground floor gallery, its expansion through an online curated programme of exhibitions and new fine prints selections on its website, the reopening of its London gallery for the newly-launched London Gallery Weekend with a Herbert List exhibition, future new visual identity components and e-activations. 

Magnum’s new Paris gallery and working office space will open in autumn 2021 at 68 Rue Léon Frot, 75011, following a significant renovation by London-based Interior Architecture practice Johnson Naylor. The new location will feature exhibition spaces, a private viewing room and library on the ground floor. Modular architecture will allow for innovative and accessible presentations of photographic works ranging from vintage, early, lifetime, modern prints, documents, objects and installations. Located behind a grand Parisian doorway leading to an enclosed paved street, the new Magnum gallery will offer more welcoming and upscale presentations. Additional features will include private offices on the first floor and meeting rooms.

“I’m thrilled to announce a fresh vision for our gallery strategy with an expansion encompassing both digital and physical programming. Through these new spaces, not only is Magnum becoming a stronger cultural and educational force, but we are also now developing as a credible art market player. The new Paris space will uniquely combine gallery shows and museum-quality presentations, and our new online programme of exhibitions will respond to art and culture enthusiasts at every level. This strategy is just the beginning of a more integrated approach and the joining forces of our cultural and digital teams. A truly exciting  moment.” 

CEO Caitlin Hughes

The new Paris gallery represents a new phase for Magnum, consolidating its offline and online collectors’ prints strategy and introducing a regular, robust and ambitious programme of exhibitions to its audiences. These online presentations will be curated in harmony with the wider cultural programme. Magnum’s new gallery space is located close to the buzzing art district of Paris and sits nearby several other prominent galleries and art spaces.  The new space will replace Magnum’s current offices which opened at 19 Rue Hégésippe Moreau, 75018 Paris,  in 2000. Magnum is honoured to announce an inaugural exhibition of works by Bruce Davidson and Khalik Allah to open in October 2021. Further details will be announced in due time. 

Magnum’s new digital offer will be dual. Selections of solo photographers presentations will continue to grow on its website and feature an enhanced customer’s journey and easy routes to making enquiries and acquisitions. Themed, limited-timed exhibitions will also be presented on a regular basis, drawing on Magnum’s rich legacy. The inaugural online exhibition, which will exclusively be presented on the Magnum website, titled There’s no place like home will explore themes of domesticity, interiority and the comfort of personal spaces in a difficult time,  leading to ideas of hope and a more favourable future bringing together more than eight Magnum photographers.  

In addition to Paris, Magnum announces the reopening of its London space at 63 Gee Street post-lockdown. An exhibition of works by Herbert List will take centre stage in the gallery from June. This exhibition will mark Magnum’s participation in the London Gallery Weekend. Gee Street will also allow by-appointment access to its large vintage collection and be reinvented to welcome collectors during Photo London.  

With presence in Paris, London and NY and a total of 6.4 million followers across its social media, Magnum  Photos reaches a global audience and has established itself as the authentic, storytelling photographic force. It remains loyal to its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence.  Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, maintaining its founding ideals and idiosyncratic mix of journalism, art and storytelling. Magnum photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with powerful narratives. For nearly 75 years Magnum Photos has been  providing the highest quality photographic content to an international client base of media, publishers, brands and cultural institutions.  

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