The Body Observed: Magnum Photos

23 March–30 June 2019

Exhibition Overview

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Zebra woman, Zurich, Switzerland, 1942. Copyright Werner Bischof/Magnum Photos.

Featuring around 130 works from the 1930s to the contemporary, The Body Observed explores how Magnum photographers have turned their lens to the body, presenting works that examine a range of subjects from identity, intimacy, sexuality and ritual, to voyeurism and performance, among others.

This group exhibition includes Eve Arnold’s portraits of Hollywood icon Joan Crawford and Philippe Halsman’s Dalí Atomicus, a work that was selected as one of the ‘100 Most Influential Images of All Time’ by TIME magazine in 2016. Other highlights are Alec Soth’s series Niagara, an exploration of love and passion in one of America’s bestknown honeymoon destinations, and Alessandra Sanguinetti’s The Adventures of Guille and Belinda, including Ophelias – inspired by the enigmatic beauty of John Everett Millais’ classic painting.

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