In conjunction with the Milan fashion week, Giorgio Armani inaugurated Magnum Photos – Colors, Places, Faces at Armani / Silos, a composite and multifaceted narrative that reflects a unique mix of art, journalism, and storytelling through a kaleidoscope of different visions. Curated by Giorgio Armani in collaboration with Magnum Photos, the exhibition offers an eclectic perspective as perceived by ten international photographers and their respective understanding of photography.
Some of these artists are still active today, others have disappeared, but they share the desire to explore reality, translating suggestions and emotions into images.
The spectrum is broad: from Christopher Anderson’s China, focused on people’s faces rather than architecture, to Olivia Arthur’s Dubai, seen through the eyes of a castaway who returns after fifty years to a city that has changed from a village to a megalopolis; from Morocco by Bruno Barbey, a long story of a country escaped from modernity to New York by Werner Bischof, portrayed with color shots that immortalize its dynamism; from the architecture seen as a socio-political space by René Burri, to the coasts seen as the border between land and water by Harry Gruyaert; from the pungent dissection of Martin Parr’s English life, in Tokyo and Venice captured by Gueorgui Pinkhassov through stolen shots and unexpected angles; from Iran represented in her daily life by Newsha Tavakolian, to the saturated colors of Latin America and the Caribbean seen by Alex Webb.
“Photography has always fascinated me because the emotion it arouses is very similar to the sense of surprise one feels when observing reality from an unexpected point of view. In particular, I admire the work of Magnum photographers, whom I met when I myself began to see the world with new eyes. Colors, Places, Faces takes us on a colorful journey through worlds and cultures near and far, transfigured by each of the artists, through their own personal vision. It is the attention to the reality that fascinates me about their photographs, which are never simple reportages and are all so different from each other”, comments Giorgio Armani.
Founded seventy-five years ago by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Chim” Seymour, and George Rodger, Magnum Photos is one of the most famous photo agencies in the world. The name pays homage to the great dreams that Capa had for the future of this project.
Magnum told – and continues to tell – the history of the world through images. Magnum photographers were among the first to go against the tide, moving from black and white to color photography when purists still considered it inelegant. Sharing their travels and discoveries on the pages of magazines and periodicals, they described places, people, and cultures in an age when mass travel did not yet exist. Attentive witnesses of history, even today, Magnum photographers offer different points of view and suggest new ways of looking at reality. With this exhibition, Giorgio Armani supports the projects of Save the Children, the international organization that has been working for over 100 years to save children at risk and guarantee their future, aimed at combating educational poverty and early school leaving.
Magnum Photos – Colors, Places, Faces will be open to the public until November 6, 2022.
Magnum Photos: Colors, Places, Faces
from 19 June to 6 November 2022
Armani/Silos – Milan – Italy
More info on:
(cover picture by Werner Bischof – Magnum Photos)