Magnum and the Street Photography at Les Rencontres D’Arles 2021

Street photography — the art of capturing unexpected, unusual, and extraordinary instants in the public space — has been in Magnum’s DNA since its founding in 1947. The show is based on the book Magnum et la street photographie (Editions Actes Sud) edited by Stephen McLaren, who talked with the agency’s photographers about the pictures, many of which have never been published before, and their experience as street photographers. This immersion into the archives sheds light on how the genre evolved, from Cartier-Bresson and his peers such as Sergio Larraín to contemporary photographers, including Christopher Anderson, Raymond Depardon, Olivia Arthur, Susan Meiselas, Bruno Barbey, Inge Morath, and Gueorgui Pinkhassov. Magnum is above all a photojournalism collective, so it is hardly surprising that their best work is often used to illustrate news articles.

The book that accompanies the exhibition is a nugget. Printed in 3000 copies, it is a perfect introduction to the exhibition of the same name. It will take place on the occasion of the Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles from 4 July to 26 September.
With Magnum and Street Photography, Stephen McLaren stages this unique and often unprecedented heritage of images around 7 themes: Leisure, Traveling, Shopping, Views of New York, Paris, London, and Tokyo.
Alex Webb, Newsha Tavakolian, Peter van Agtmael, Magnum artists today, share their vision of urban photography.

This book offers an immersion into the Magnum photographic archives, meeting the exceptional works of the great names in photography. Stephen McLaren, photographer himself and author of the book, goes back with them on the often unpublished pictures and shares with us their experience as street photographers.


4 JULY – 26 SEPTEMBER 2021
Arles – FR

Hardcover: 386 pages
Publisher: Actes Sud (01/06/2021)
Language: French
Author: Yann Linsart, Stephen Mclaren
ISBN-13: 978-2330128159

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