March 13th, 2009 by Steven Kowalik
The Magnum Photos collection is now available in ARTstor. This first launch of more than 73,000 high-quality photographs of major world events and personalities provides the academic community with access to a selection of Magnum’s iconic images. The ARTstor and Magnum Photos collaboration will showcase a total of 80,000 images by this world-renowned group of documentary photographers.
This collection relates to courses of study across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and beyond. The ARTstor community will now be able to access high-quality photographs from around the world, covering industry, society and people, places of interest, politics, news events, disasters and conflict, from the late 1930s to the present day. From the Spanish Civil War to the Gulf War, from Marilyn Monroe to Paul Newman, from John Updike to Toni Morrison, from Christian Dior to Oscar de la Renta, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the crisis in Chechnya, these images capture wars, celebrities, authors, fashion designers, and defining moments in our shared history.
Magnum Photos International, Inc. is a cooperative founded just after World War II and owned today by its 80 prominent photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Eve Arnold, Elliott Erwitt, Josef Koudelka, Rene Burri, Hiroji Kubota, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Alex Webb and dozens of others. Magnum was created from the belief that photographers must have a point of view in their imagery that transcends any formulaic recording of contemporary events. “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on, and a desire to transcribe it visually,” said Henri Cartier-Bresson.
The Magnum Photos collection brings the total number of images in ARTstor to more than 930,000. ARTstor Digital Library collections have been contributed by a variety of outstanding scholars, photographers, artists, museums, libraries, and photo archives. To learn more about this new collection, choose ARTstor from the Hunter College Libraries’ Databases page:
Use search term “magnumphotos” in ARTstor for 73,000 Magnum images.
Contact Steven Kowalik for information on using ARTstor for your classes or research.