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Cristina De Middel/Magnum Photos

Hambita. From the series, “The Afronauts.” 2012.
“Great journeys start with great planning and a type of imagination that projects a better you in a better place and a better future. I started a great journey myself shooting the series, ‘The Afronauts.’ I still remember the feeling of vertigo when I first tried to explain what it was that I was doing. …
In 1964, a group of college students, led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, their science teacher, started training to become the first Africans to step foot on the moon. Thus began the Zambian Space Program.
Whatever happened next is not as relevant as the fact that they tried.
This image belongs to the first shooting I did for this project, inspired by the Zambian Space Program. I was in my hometown, Alicante, Spain, just a few miles away from my parent´s house–a place that could be both the moon and Zambia. I was not sure of what
I was doing but I had a very clear idea in my mind of how I wanted everything to look. That´s because I had travelled many times in my mind to both Africa and the moon and I knew exactly how I wanted them each to be.” (© Cristina De Middel/Magnum Photos)

‘Great Journeys’: Magnum Photos Square Print Sale with Aperture Foundation

On the occasion of Magnum Photos’ 70th anniversary and Aperture Foundation‘s 65th, the two organizations have joined forces to present “Great Journeys,” the final in the cycle of four square-print sales. Magnum has invited a roster of artists published by Aperture to participate in the project alongside Magnum’s own photographers. Exploring the theme of “Great Journeys,” photographers have shared their most important and inspiring experiences in a selection of over 100 images.

 “Great Journeys” is inspired by Magnum co-founder George Rodger. His response to the experience of World War II, and in particular his revulsion to photographing scenes of the Holocaust, led him to re-evaluate his purpose as a photographer. After the war he chose to travel in search of pictures that offered visions of hope for humanity. Seventy years later, many of the photographs Magnum and Aperture present in this selection echo that motivation.

Every photographer represented in the project is a contributor to the great journey of photography itself, mixing classic figures of the medium with dynamic contemporary artists and key image-makers from the worlds of fashion and rock and roll.

The resulting selection of over 100 images creates an unprecedented visual dialogue, highlighting the major visual and thematic threads that have preoccupied the past seven decades of photographic production, and redefining the concept of journey in photographic terms.

‘Great Journeys’ Magnum’s Square Print Sale in Partnership with Aperture runs through 6 p.m. EDT Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Signed and estate stamped, museum quality, 6×6” prints from over 100 artists will exceptionally be available for $100, for 5 days only, from shop.magnumphotos.com.

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