you can own a piece of photographic history for $100

Want to own a photo print by Martin Parr, Bruce Davidson or Stuart Franklin? Thanks to the Magnum Square Print Sale, you’ve got until Friday to get one.

by Felix Petty
06 June 2017, 12:00pm

Kanwaka, Kansas, USA. 1969 © David Alan Harvey/Magnum Photos

"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," was one of the maxims of Robert Capa, who along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Chim, and George Seymour, found Magnum photos in 1947.

This Magnum Square Print Sale is dedicated to that tenant of Robert Capa's photographic faith. A man who, at just 25, was already being referred to as the greatest war photographer of all time for his work covering conflict in the 1930s, and who died documenting conflict in Indochina in the 50s.

In-between he set up Magnum photos in 1947. As part of its 70th birthday celebrations this year, they've been busy organising Print Sales, offering affordable photographic prints from their archive, dedicated to each of the four founders of the agency, and showing their influence on photojournalism today.

U.S. troops assault Omaha Beach during the D-Day landings (first assault). Normandy, France. June 6, 1944 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos 

So, closer? Robert Capa, in the water, on D-Day, as the allies landed on the beaches (famously, a tea boy accidentally destroyed all but 11 of the pictures he made then) or Martin Parr, up close and personal on a different kind of beach, shooting sun worshippers in Argentina. Or there's street photography in New York and Mexico, by Bruce Davidson and Alex Webb, farmers and cows in Cambodia, and the Beatles on the set of A Hard Day's Night.

Most famously though? Stuart Franklin's image of the white shirted man, carrying two shopping bags, defying tanks in Tiananmen Square. Another different kind of closeness. Shot from a hotel window on a telephoto lens as the Chinese government cracked down on pro-democracy protestors. Closeness, not to subject, but to history. 

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Subway. New York City, USA. 1980 © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos 

Twin flowers during a carnival. La Louvière, Belgium. 1979 © Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos 

Oyinho. Salvador, Bahia. Brazil. 1994 © Miguel Rio Branco/Magnum Photos 

Farmer shading himself as he looks after his grazing cows. Cambodia. 1952 © Werner Bischof/Magnum Photos 

Japan, 2006 © Antoine d'Agata/Magnum Photos 

The Beatles during filming of A Hard Day's Night. London, England. 1964 © David Hurn/Magnum Photos 

Lambton County, Ontario. Canada. 1996 © Larry Towell/Magnum Photos 

Mar del Plata, Argentina. 2014 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos 

Tank Man stopping a column of T59 tanks. Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China. June 4, 1989 © Stuart Franklin/Magnum Photos 

El Paso, Texas, USA. 2015 © Matt Black/Magnum Photos 

Magnum's Closer square print sale runs from Monday 5 June 2017 at 8AM EST until Friday, 9 June 2017 at 6PM EST. Signed and estate stamped, museum quality, 6x6" prints from over 70 artists will be available for $100, for 5 days only, from


Text Felix Petty
Images courtesy Magnum

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