“Hidden”: The New Edition of the Magnum Square Print Sale

For several years, Magnum Photos has been selling prints by the agency’s photographers for the modest sum of $100.
For only 5 days, you can get signed or estate-stamped prints from the greatest photographers in history.

Among the more than 100 images for sale, you can find well-known names such as Rene Burri, Robert Capa, Gregory Crewdson, Imogen Cunningham, and many others…

This year the sale is in partnership with Aperture, and brings together artists around the theme “Hidden”.

Artists explore the idea that photography reveals things that are otherwise hidden from our eyes:
Since its inception, photography has functioned as a means of showing what is neither accessible nor visible to the majority of us, revealing things that surround us that we no longer see, out of habit.
From distant societies, elite fraternities, isolated places, to everyday objects that we no longer even look at, the photos reveal hidden things, places, and lives inaccessible to the greatest number.

Magnum Photos and Aperture have a long common history, including many collaborations on publications and events over the decades.
Here, for the third time, Magnum Photos has invited a list of artists published by Aperture to participate in the Square Print sale alongside Magnum photographers.
The result is a celebration of the diversity of practices within photography, offering a multitude of unique interpretations of this common theme.

Two men playing pool. USA. 1962 © Wayne Miller / Magnum Photos

“Part of a story my father did on ‘Wasted Youth,’ these young men, absorbed in their game, show us their silhouettes but not themselves.”
– Jeanette Miller, daughter of Wayne Miller

Mute Swan. From the book, Brooklyn: The City Within (with Alex Webb). 2016 © Rebecca Norris Webb courtesy Aperture Foundation

“For the past two months, I have felt a curious need to be in the company of swans. Mute swans that, it just so happens, aren’t actually mute; something I love about them.
And such an otherworldly call—so hushed you have to lean into the darkness to hear their plaintive, countertenor cry.
Last light, I watch their seven bodies drift closer. Why are they calling to me? Perhaps it’s because I know too much about them: those hauntingly beautiful swan songs before death are nothing but sheer myth. Or is it the fact that two people I love are dying so quietly, that each time they call, I hear between their words that same baroque minor key?”
– Rebecca Norris Webb

Kayan Lahwi tribes. Burma. 1997 © Hiroji Kubota / Magnum Photos

“The Kayan Lahwi people live in the state of Kayah in Myanmar. They are farmers and Buddhists. The Kayan Lahwi women traditionally wear brass rings around their necks. I don’t know when this strange custom began. Tourists, Thai or foreign, call these women ‘Long Neck’ or ‘Giraffe’ ladies.
A small area has been set up for tourists, who have to pay fees to enter. Most of these fees, I fear, go directly to the officials. Back in the 1930s, Englishmen took several ‘Long Neck’ women to London to show them at a circus. Indeed, when I took a group tour there once, I was horrified to see tourists acting as though they were visiting a circus, a zoo even. I went back there alone twice in the early morning. It was then that I could see a piece of their normal, daily life.”
– Hiroji Kubota

Untitled production still from “An Eclipse of Moths.” 2018 by Gregory Crewdson  © Crewdson Studio courtesy Aperture Foundation

“Two boys are framed by the open door of a mechanic’s garage. They are hidden among cinematic lights and haze, awaiting their moment on set.”
– Gregory Crewdson – Copyright ˝ Crewdson Studio

Ron E. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. 2014 © Jim Goldberg / Magnum Photos

“I’ve spent most of my life looking for people and things hidden in plain sight– whether rifling through other people’s medicine cabinets or photographing a subset of a population or culture.
This image was made at a homeless center in Milwaukee, where within a quiet corner of the city, in a nondescript building, countless people received aid.
I met ‘Loner Ron’ there. He brought me inside for a few moments so I could take this polaroid, which he then wrote on. He was generous and patient with me, although I could tell he was relieved when it was all over.”
– Jim Goldberg

Miners during a group medical examination. South Africa. Circa 1965 © Ernest Cole / Magnum Photos

“According to legend, Ernest Cole concealed a camera under his packed lunch in order to capture this image. No one has ever been able to explain how he managed to deceive the mine’s security.
Former President of South Africa, and Secretary-General of the National Union Of Mineworkers, Kgalema Motlanthe, suggested that Cole must have sought employment at the mine in order to secure such incredible access.
The image has a time-shifting quality which reflects the contradictory hidden heart of South Africa: is it 1890, 1965 or 2030?”
– Ernest Cole Estate

Provincetown, Massachusetts. 1976. ©  Joel Meyerowitzi  courtesy Howard Greenburg Gallery / Aperture Foundation

“This photograph could be the opening line of a joke: ’So, a girl rides up to a bar on a horse…’
But really what happened was that I was there getting some ice cream for my kids when this girl rode up to the window on her horse and ordered two lobster rolls and some fries; as soon as I saw the girl, the horse, and the ice cream sign, I saw the photograph. My 8×10 was always with me then, and in less time than it took to get the lobster rolls, I made the photograph.”
– Joel Meyerowitz

Hidden’ The Magnum Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture runs from 8AM EST Monday, October 28 until midnight EST Friday, November 1, 2019. Signed or estate-stamped, museum-quality, 6×6” prints from over 100 artists will exceptionally be available for $100, for 5 days only, on shop.magnumphotos.com.