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Magnum Photos: Re-presenting The Archive
October 3, 2019
by Magnum Photographers
We are seeking proposals from early-career South African photographers to make new work in response to a curation of the Magnum Archive by Mark Sealy (Director, Autograph ABP). Here, the Magnum archive is used as a site of critical enquiry concerning the photographic making of Africa through western journalistic tropes. This project functions as an investigation into the who, the what, the why and the when, in relation to the photographs produced by Magnum photographers in Africa after WWII and how these images have influenced our understanding of African politics and culture.

We invite early career South African photographers to begin a dialogue with this archive, with the histories presented in this image selection, by submitting short proposals of new work they would like to make in South Africa in response to this selection, or to the thematics or wider issues raised in the selection.

Two photographers will be selected from the open submissions to join a group with two other pre-selected South African photographers from the Of Soul and Joy project (one of which is Magnum nominee Lindokhule Sobweka). The selected photographers will receive grants of 45,000 South African Rand, as well as access to workshops (with other selected photographers), mentoring, and will be included in a final group exhibition and publication where their work will be shown alongside the curation of the Magnum archive by Mark Sealy.

This is a project initiated by Magnum Photos, Archival Curation by Mark Sealy, Contemporary Curation by Kabelo Malatsie, with support from the South African Ministry of Culture and Rubis Mécénat cultural fund, as part of the Of Soul and Joy project.

Submissions are now open and close at 10:59pm, October 31st, 2019.

For further information regarding this project and how you can submit a proposal, please click here.