Thursday evening, November 21, at The Contemporary Austin / The Jones Center (700 Congress Ave, downtown), Dr. Steve Hoelscher will be speaking about his most recent project, Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World. We spoke with Dr. Hoelscher a few weeks back about this exciting new book, and he was also featured recently on KUT. The Austin Center for Photography, UT Press, and The Contemporary Austin will host a book signing and reception Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm, and Dr. Hoelscher will offer remarks at 6:00pm.
The Magnum Photos archive—a collection of more than 200,000 photographs by some of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries’ greatest image makers—is the most comprehensive accumulation of prints made by the distinguished photo cooperative. Consistently and with striking artistry, Magnum’s photographers have done more than simply document the far reaches of the globe; they have helped shape generations’ understanding of the world around them. While many of its photographs have been widely published, no one has examined the Magnum archive itself until now. Reading Magnum presents this first examination of the archive, now housed at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin.