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The Magnum Square Print Sale : The Unexpected


Signed or estate-stamped, museum-quality 6×6” prints by Magnum Photos photographers for $100, available for one week only.

Celebrating the unpredictability of life, the curation of the Magnum’s Square Print Sale explores the happy accidents and unusual turns of events that lead to memorable images.

From its earliest days, photography has been associated with the unexpected: documentation of under-explored issues, reporting of events unfurling in far-flung locations, or single frames capturing split seconds of levity.

Over more than seven decades, Magnum photographers have reported on and witnessed events around the world which changed societies, nations, and peoples in unpredictable ways.

This collection of 90+ prints is available for one week only in this format. It represents the breadth and variety not only of the practices and outlooks within Magnum’s membership, but also of what photography can convey and capture.


Chosen from the sale this is :

Muhammad Ali, world heavyweight champion showing off his left fist. Chicago, USA. 1966 by Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos.

“A 2015 search through hundreds of black-and-white negatives and color slides, for a new book on Muhammad Ali, soon turned into an exciting and unexpected journey of discovery. One striking example is this image, which we chose to be the cover of the book, BIG CHAMP.

Decades of use had left many scratches on this strip of negatives, which only added strength to the image. I decided to let them stay. On the contact sheet the picture looked hopelessly under-exposed and dark, but when I scanned the negative, I saw two sides of ‘the Greatest’; Muhammad Ali: the dark and brutal fighter, but also Ali, the wounded and scarred victim of countless punches and vicious attacks from his adversaries.”

Thomas Hoepker


The Magnum Square Print Sale will take place on the Magnum Photos Shop.

It will be open from Monday, March 22, Midday UK time (1PM in France)

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