2020: A world in lockdown, a world in protest

Eli Reed. USA. Houston, Texas. June 8, 2020. George Floyd’s Funeral service… 2020. © 2021 Eli Reed / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.

Last year, Magnum photographers travelled the globe recording both the universal effects of the pandemic and a wave of domestic and worldwide protest stirred by the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In a new launch of content from the photographers’ cooperative, Artstor has published nearly 5,000 images, with hundreds recording the reverberations of these two seismic shifts across our lives.*

Dog with man in surgical mask
Jerome Sessini. 2020. FRANCE. Paris. November 28, 2020. Demonstrations took place across France...against the proposed global security law … © 2021 Jerome Sessini / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.
Flowers in front of storefront in Little Italy, NY
Susan Meiselas. USA. Little Italy, New York. March 12, 2020. Memorial honoring Moe Albanese… 2020. © 2021 Susan Meiselas / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.
Statue with mask in France
Bruno Barbey. FRANCE. Paris. 7 Mai 2020. Coronavirus Crisis. Place du Trocadero...2020. © 2021 Bruno Barbey / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.

We invite you to sample the latest photographs from Magnum (search “Magnum launch 04” for the new release). Images of the pandemic range from deft allusion — a masked statue in Paris — to scenes of crisis and lock-down from Dagestan to New Delhi. Black Livers Matter demonstrators are documented on streets across America and beyond — Birmingham and Bristol, Montreal and Paris.

Baby dressed in "Trump for President" shirt
Bruce Gilden. USA. Charlotte, North Carolina. Baby dressed in "Trump for President" shirt...© 2021 Bruce Gilden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.
Balloon of President Trump as a baby
Chris Steele-Perkins. GB. England. London. 13th July 2018. President Trump's visit to the UK. The inflation of Donald (Baby) Trump... 2020. © 2020 Chris Steele-Perkins / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.

Contemporary events also include the lead up to the United States’ national election — where photographer Bruce Gilden’s pro-Trump baby finds its political opponent in the Trump Baby balloon that drifted though the skies of Europe and beyond.

Windmills in Tarifa
Jean Gaumy. 1992. SPAIN. Andalousia region. Tarifa. Windmills… © 2021 Jean Gaumy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.
Windmills operating in Consuegra
Richard Kalvar. SPAIN. La Mancha. Windmills, still in working condition, outside …Consuegra. 2008. © 2021 Richard Kalvar / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.

We have also selected images from the rich and eclectic Magnum archive. One focus is on climate and the environment: a pair of photos depicting windmills in Spain provides a time capsule of technology and the historic scope of wind power. Further, we have added to our portrait gallery from Magnum, with an emphasis on artistic, literary, and political/activist figures such as the divergent and remarkable threesome shown here: Georgia O’Keeffe, Angela Davis, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Finally, this new launch offers a panorama of fashion, from the 1960s onwards — shows, shoots, workshops, and personalities.

Photograph of American painter Georgia O'Keeffe
Philippe Halsman. USA. American painter Georgia O'KEEFFE. 1967. © 2021 Philippe Halsman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.
Photograph of Angela Davis
Philippe Halsman. USA. American political activist Angela Davis. 1973. © 2021 Philippe Halsman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.
Photograph of Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Gilles Peress. USA. New York City. Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. 1975. © 2021 Gilles Peress / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.

*Image totals may vary from country to country, reflecting the specifics of international copyright.

View the entire collection in Artstor: Magnum Photos

Woman with hat backstage at Paris fashion week

Alex Majoli. FRANCE. Paris. October 2012. Fashion week. Alexander McQueen backstage. © 2021 Alessandro Majoli / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SAIF, Paris.

– Nancy Minty, collections editor

From JSTOR:

Bair, Nadya. The Decisive Network: Magnum Photos and the Postwar Image Market. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2020. Accessed June 2, 2021. https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvxhrhtn.

Badger, Gerry. “Mission Impossible? 60 YEARS OF MAGNUM.” Aperture, no. 187 (2007): 68-83. Accessed June 2, 2021. http://www.jstor.org/stable/24473258.