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© Martin Parr, courtesy of Magnum Photos.
© Steve McCurry, courtesy of Magnum Photos.
© David Hurn, courtesy of Magnum Photos.
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The Magnum Photos Square Print Sale Explores a Way for Escape

By Eliza Jordan

July 12, 2021

Today through Sunday, Magnum Photos is hosting its latest print sale entitled "Way for Escape." Online, signed and estate-stamped imagery by some of today's leading photographers are offered, tapping into travel through new light. After a year in isolation, the photographers included in the sale stuck to a theme of escape—something they knew well ahead of the pandemic, and experienced in new lights through it. "Way for Escape" explores the stories each photographer lived through in search of subject matter, and how they found unique answers within.

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© David Hurn, courtesy of Magnum Photos.

For this installment of The Magnum Photos Square Print Sale, over 90 works from photographers—like Steve McCurry, Cristina De Middel, Bruno Morais, Khalik Allah, and Nanna Heitmann—represent their ambitious days in the field, covering strangers, storms, forgotten places, religious rituals, and more.

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© Werner Bischof, courtesy of Magnum Photos.

Key works in the sale include Nanna Heitmann’s journey of following the Yenisei River through Siberia to photograph a folkloric village, and Steve McCurry's striking photo of women in Rajasthan, India, who sang a prayer for rain amid a dust storm.

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© Steve McCurry, courtesy of Magnum Photos.

"I was driving down a road between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India. It was sunny and sweltering hot at about 110 degrees Fahrenheit when the sky suddenly went dark and a pre-monsoon dust storm began. As the storm got stronger and more dramatic, the air became thick with dust," said McCurry in a statement about capturing his image in 1983. "Through the haze, I could see these women huddled together off the side of the road protecting themselves from the driving wind. This region had been suffering from a drought for more than a decade and the women were singing a prayer for rain. I got out of the car, ran across a field, and photographed them moments before the storm disappeared. Then the sun immediately came out, as if nothing had ever happened.”

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© Elliott Erwitt, courtesy of Magnum Photos.

Other images of note include Elliott Erwitt’s photograph of a man and a boy cycling along in Provence, France along a tree-lined path, and Khalik Allah’s 125th Street project, which aimed to capture the special personalities and human qualities of people that live there, regardless of daily struggles like homelessness and addiction.

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© Khalik Allah, courtesy of Magnum Photos.

“The Magnum Photos Square Print Sale is now in its fifth year, and has been a success for the agency. It is very exciting for the staff and photographers to see how people come back edition after edition to add to their collection and explore the theme. It started as an experiment, to democratize fine print and to make it able for people to afford signed prints by famous artists, and we are very happy to be able to keep offering this,” said Chiara Sozzi, Marketing Manager at Magnum Photos.

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