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The Body Observed: Magnum Photos

23 March - 30 June 2019

£13 | £12 concessions

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Featuring around 130 works from the 1930s to the contemporary, The Body Observed explores how Magnum photographers have turned their lens to the body, presenting works that examine a range of subjects from identity, intimacy, sexuality and ritual, to voyeurism and performance, among others. 

This group exhibition includes Eve Arnold’s portraits of Hollywood icon Joan Crawford and Philippe Halsman’s Dalí Atomicus, a work that was selected as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Images of All Time’ by TIME magazine in 2016. Other highlights are Alec Soth’s series Niagara, an exploration of love and passion in one of America’s bestknown honeymoon destinations, and Alessandra Sanguinetti’s The Adventures  of Guille and Belinda, including Ophelias – inspired by the enigmatic beauty of John Everett Millais’ classic painting.

The show also features work by Olivia Arthur, Werner Bischof, Antoine d’Agata, Bieke Depoorter, Tim Hetheringon, Cristina García Rodero, Bruce Gilden, Herbert List, Susan Meiselas and Miguel Rio Branco. 

Magnum Photos was founded in New York in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David ‘Chim’ Seymour and is recognised as one of the best-known photo agencies, whose members include many of the world’s leading photographers.

Zebra woman, Zurich, Switzerland, 1942. Copyright Werner Bischof/Magnum Photos.

Exhibition curated by Monserrat Pis Marcos, curator at the Sainsbury Centre, in collaboration with Emily Graham, Cultural Commissions & Partnerships at Magnum Photos. Supported by Simon Blakey.

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