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Magnum and Vogue Team up for a Good Cause
New Initiative to Support The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Art Stuff 29 Jul 2020

We love it when art shows up for a good cause. Vogue and Magnum have just clubbed together to curate a print sale that raises money for The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Running until August 2, Solidarity: The Magnum Square Print Sale comprises 100 prints by both Magnum and Vogue photographers that are all signed or estate-stamped and of museum quality. Each image is printed on 6×6” archival paper and will have white borders instead of being cropped, with 50% of proceeds going directly to the NAACP. 

Cass Bird/Vogue
ALTON & DILONE. Navy Pier, Montauk, New York. 2017.

 “This image represents a moment of connection and togetherness.
The power of connection and community, of valuing the other as much as we value ourselves, is necessary to combat both the coronavirus pandemic and the deep, systemic, and devastating racism that has been highlighted by this virus, which disproportionately affects BIPOC.
If we can reflect upon the power of togetherness in these challenging and uncomfortable times, we can build collective power to bring all to the front of inclusion, supporting each other and amplifying the voices that have gone unheard.” – Cass Bird

In case you’ve been living under a rock this year, you will have noticed how the world woke up to the realisation that racial injustices continue to span the globe. Following the unfortunate death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement gained significant traction, and the art world was one of the first to make noise about it. And, the photographers in the Solidarity sale reflect upon the power of togetherness in tumultuous times too. While acknowledging the daunting divisions and fault-lines running through society, the selection examines a yearning for commune and connection, exploring the strength of both the individual and collective, as well as the interdependence of peoples around the world in the face of adversity and oppression. 

Gueorgui Pinkhassov/Magnum Photos
JAPAN. Tokyo. 1996. Hotel garden in Akasaka.
“Freedom, equality, fraternity and solidarity — in the whirlwind of society, these values form mosaics in many of our relationships. But nature came up with two main tools in its construction of harmony: its own form of scissors and glue.
At some point while watching how my children grow up, I discovered the cutting of the umbilical cord. Emancipation means gaining independence: leaving home— freedom!
And what is the opposite of emancipation? It is love! I remember these voluntary shackles and my children’s births. Then their emancipation and leaving home.” – Gueorgui Pinkhassov

The featured images include iconic and powerful historic moments like the civil rights movement in the US and the global fight for racial equality. You’ll notice photographs from protests as well as tender moments of love and care.  

Jacob Aue Sobol/Magnum Photos
Husband and Wife. Milwaukee, USA. 2014

The largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the US, the NAACP was founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the United States. They have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over two million activists. Their mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. The vision of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure a society in which all individuals have equal rights without discrimination based on race.

Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos
Shared Dining. Women of York. 2015.
“This circle of hands came together to celebrate unity despite the isolating conditions of incarceration. Each woman, enduring separation from family and home, found moments to connect and care for another. Some have moved on since then; some still remain. For all of us, memory is shaped by the time shared.” – Susan Meiselas

Magnum was founded in Paris in 1947 as an artists’ co-operative by four pioneering photographers: Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour. Today the agency continues to shape photographic practice and maintains its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence, representing an idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. Magnum photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives. Vogue meanwhile, acts as a cultural barometer for a global audience, placing fashion in the context of culture and the world we live in. the decision for Magnum and Vogue to come together to support the NAACP then, should be a no-brainer. 

‘Solidarity’, the Magnum’s Square Print Sale, in support of NAACP and in collaboration with Vogue, runs from Monday, July 27, 9AM EST to Sunday, August 2, 6PM EST 2020. Signed or estate-stamped, museum-quality, 6×6” prints from over 100 visual artists will exceptionally be available for $100, for 7 days only, from magnumphotos.com/shop

All images are subject to copyright by their respective owners.

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