In more recent decades, the photographers of the Magnum agency have been faced with many changes and challenges in the professional and technical sphere of photography. Magnum was founded on ideals of copyright but today, with the impact of digital imaging, popular understanding of an image’s value has changed. Magnum Photographers have started to adapt, using digital technologies to create their imagery. One such example is Belgium-born photographer Harry Gruyaert, who has been a full Magnum member since 1986. Gruyaert has recently started to abandon the Cibachrome process, which he used to record the subtle chromatic vibrations of Eastern and Western light, in favour of digital technology, which seem to offer him new possibilities. In the photograph Han River, Seoul, South Korea, 2007, which features the river’s surrounding land, the highly saturated colours nearly take on an almost dream-like quality.
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