"Magnum Front Page" Offers Newspapers A Rare Opportunity

NEW YORK – Sixty years ago on April 17, 1947, two years after the Second World War ended, photojournalists Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour created Magnum Photos in Paris to reflect their independent natures as both people and photographers, reporters and artists.

Robert Capa, George Rodger, in Naples, Italy in 1943.Today, as part of celebrating its 60th anniversary, Magnum Photos is offering daily newspapers the opportunity to participate in “Magnum Front Page,” a chance for editors to pick a photograph from Magnum’s digital image bank of more than 350,000 images and publish it for free on the front page of their paper to illustrate a topic that’s covered in the same issue.

“From its inception, Magnum Photos has collaborated with daily newspapers, which, through their assignments and publications, have supported our photographers’ documentary and artistic practices,” Magnum’s editorial department director Sue Brisk said. “In this spirit, Magnum Photos, comprised today of more than 60 photographers, wish to involve daily newspapers throughout the world in ‘Magnum Front Page.’”

Newspapers are invited to participate in the project from January 17 and April 17 of this year. The photograph, whose reproduction rights will be granted free of charge, must be credited with the Magnum photographer’s name, followed by “Magnum Photos / 60th Anniversary.”

Brisk says, “Once this ‘Front Page’ has been published, we would be grateful if you could send us a .PDF of the page as quickly as possible, along with a note explaining your choice of the Magnum picture and an original tear sheet of your ‘Front Page’ as well. It may be included in an exhibition alongside the original photograph at the next International Festival of Photojournalism, Visa pour l’Image, in Perpignan, France, in September 2007.” In addition, the front pages will be displayed on Magnum’s Web site for the rest of the anniversary celebration.

“We would be truly thrilled and proud to succeed in bringing together all these global daily newspapers in the form of a document unique in the history of the international media and of photojournalism,” Brisk said.

For more information on how to take part in “Magnum Front Page,” contact Brisk at [email protected].