In 2016, Fuji Film invited Magnum Photos to collaborate on an ambitious project: a group of photographers would be asked to reflect on one theme, in their own style, sensibility and history, with the same camera. The theme that they were to explore, universally known in English as Home, was chosen precisely for its global nature, and for the inherently human sentiment that it conveys. The medium format, mirrorless camera to be used would allow for the discreet, sensitive, and intimate treatment the subject required.
What is home? Instinctively, the image of a peaceful haven comes to mind. A cocoon where one feels secure, loved, and understood¬–a nurturing and forgiving space. Home is sweet, “home is where the heart is.” Home is family. It is a mother tongue–or a few languages; it is comfort food and familiar faces, a beloved pet. Home is domesticity: the coziness of one’s living room, sofa, TV, books and memorabilia. It is a set of coordinates: a house, a street, a town, a state, a country, an apartment in the city, a cottage by the sea. Home is where we were made. To some, it doesn’t exist in the physical world any longer: it is a memory. Home is within oneself. …
… Together, these sixteen visual short stories compose a remarkably beautiful, poetic and complex portrait of what “home” is, and of what it can be. They encapsulate all of these profound and conflicting human feelings all at once: the inside and the outside, the pleasure and the pain. This project, envisioned in Tokyo, London and New York, takes us to over ten countries, and will travel extensively throughout the world after it premieres in New York. It is a testament to what a thoughtful collaboration can give birth to. In and of itself, through the wealth of diversity, talent and depth of Magnum, it exemplifies the power and quintessential role of photography in our societies: it touches us to the core.
And, in the end, as some of them movingly express here: for Magnum photographers, Magnum is home.
Featured work by: Antoine d’Agata, Olivia Arthur, Jonas Bendiksen, Chien-Chi Chang, Thomas Dworzak, Elliott Erwitt, David Alan Harvey, Hiroji Kubota, Alex Majoli, Trent Parke, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Mark Power, Moises Saman, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alec Soth, Alex Webb.
Opening: Thursday, June 7 from 6 pm
galerie | JOSEPH
116 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris France
June 09, 2018 to June 19, 2018