From April 14 – 29, 2012, ten Magnum photographers will live, work and exhibit together in Rochester, New York. The project, titled House of Pictures, is part of an ongoing series of collaborative attempts to investigate a fragmented and often anxious American landscape. Rochester, with its deep connection to the history of photography, provides a particularly resonant and meaningful setting.
Visual Studies Workshop’s auditorium will serve as the photographers’ home base and an open studio. ARTBOOK will create a one-of-a-kind bookstore with inventory tailored specifically to Magnum Photos and the House of Pictures project. The auditorium and ARTBOOK @ VSW pop-up bookstore will be open to the public April 19-20, 5 – 8pm, April 21 – 22, 12 – 5pm, April 25 – 27, 5 – 8pm, and April 28 – 29, 12 – 5pm and by appointment.
Share your secret about Rochester. Bring your photographs past or present for possible inclusion in a project by Magnum photographers. We are interested in all kinds of pictures, from any time period and in any medium (prints, slides, albums etc.) Wednesday through Friday, April 18th, 19th, and 20th from 12 to 2pm at Visual Studies Workshop, 31 Prince Street. You can also upload new or scanned pictures to the project’s flickr group and tag them “Rochester.” Any questions, please call: (585) 442 -8676.
“Two years after the apocalypse that was called the Second World War ended, Magnum Photos was founded. The world’s most prestigious photographic agency was formed by four photographers – Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour – who had been very much scarred by the conflict and were motivated both by a sense of relief that the world had somehow survived and the curiosity to see what was still there. They created Magnum in 1947 to reflect their independent natures as both people and photographers – the idiosyncratic mix of reporter and artist that continues to define Magnum, emphasizing not only what is seen but also the way one sees it.” From the Magnum site.