The Museum of Photography in Seoul looks into the theme of “From Analog Photography to Digital Photography”

ASIA PHOTO CURATORS – CONTACT SEOUL 2016 is the first gathering of Asian curators who deal with photography. We aim to share current issues and creative ideas as regards to the medium, and build a powerful professional network in Asian photography scene among those participants. We aim to pursue this gathering in following years at different venues in Asian countries.

For this year, they closely look into the theme “From Analog Photography to Digital Photography” with one-day forum with 4 key speakers. The 4 speakers from South Korea, Japan, China and Australia will introduce their photographers and current issues in relation with the theme.

Exhibition, entitled “Magnum Contact Sheets” is also on view at the museum, which is the first Asian venue in cooperation with Magnum Photos Paris. The show introduces representative images and contact sheets of Magnum photographers from 1930s to the present. Viewers can read the varying flux between Analog versus Digital during the last century.

Along with the forum and the exhibition, you will have a chance to closely look at the museum collection on its selection of Korean modern and contemporary works. A selection of museum catalogs and original prints will be displayed. For the last day of the program, In-Seoul Museum Special tour will be provided.


Photo Exhibition: Magnum Contact Sheets
The Museum of Photography, Seoul presents Magnum Contact Sheets, co-organized by Magnum Photos. This exhibition is the first official program of the Korea-France Year 2015-2016.

Magnum Contact Sheets is a major new touring exhibition produced by Magnum Photos in collaboration with Forte di Bard. The show is taking the contact sheet as the basis for an exploration into the creative process behind some of the world’s most iconic photographs from the Magnum Photos agency.
In the early days of Magnum’s inception, founding member Henri Cartier-Bresson famously used contact sheets as a means of critiquing the younger members work. This exciting new exhibition will give audiences remarkable access and insight into the decisionmaking processes of many of Magnum’s famous members, through the inclusion of first-person accounts.

Magnum Contact Sheets sets out to illustrate the traditional role of the contact sheet within Magnum’s working archive, as the main source of reference for the picture agency’s editors.
Often compared to an artist’s sketchbook, the contact sheet is the photographer’s first look at what he or she has captured; a sense of walking alongside that photographer and seeing through their eyes. With the development of digital technologies and their huge impact on photographic production, this exploration of the analogue editing process sets out to both investigate and celebrate an approach that is becoming increasingly historic; an ‘epitaph’ in the words of Martin Parr.

The exhibition will reproduce work from over seventy years of visual history including the D-Day landings by Robert Capa, the 1968 Paris riots by Bruno Barbey, Robert Kennedy’s funeral by Paul Fusco, the Vietnam war by Philip Jones Griffiths and 9/11 by Thomas Hoepker. It will showcase iconic portraiture of political figures, actors, artists and musicians, from Che Guevara and Malcolm X, to Miles Davies and The Beatles.
Magnum Contact Sheets will present approximately 70 contact sheets together with the accompanying final image, representing the full collective of photographers including pioneers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Rene Burri, Philippe Halsman and Elliott Erwitt, through to modern greats such as Jim Goldberg, Alec Soth, Paolo Pellegrin and Trent Parke.
Contact sheets and photographs will be accompanied by close-up details, articles, books and magazine spreads.

The exhibition is a co-production of Magnum Photos, Forte di Bard, Thames&Hudson and Sam&Parkers. Also supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassade de France en Coree, Institut Francais, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korea Arts Management Service, Korean Culture and Information Service, Ga-hyeon Foundation of Culture and Hanmi Science.

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