What is the story behind the most famous iconic photos from around the world?
A unique and fascinating journey of 10 episodes into the forbidden city of the contact sheets of the world renowned photographers from Magnum, the legendary agency founded in 1947.
Over 60 years of history, from the collapse of the Twin Towers by Steve McCurry to Thomas Hoepker’s portrait of Muhammad Ali; from the Tiananmen Square protests photographed by Stuart Franklin to the glorious era of the Beatles captured by David Hurn’s portraits… up to candid snapshots of Nixon and Khrushchev, Marilyn Monroe, Margaret Thatcher and Miles Davis. Ten iconic photographs and many different stories, stories of contact between photographers and their subjects. Ten stories told by the photos themselves and their creators.
Contact sheets are the first overview for the photographer of what he has captured on film. They give a unique and intimate view of the style, methods and thoughts of the artist.
Cartier-Bresson himself, founder of the Magnum Photo agency, was strongly opposing the disclosure of his contact sheets and yet the choice of that picture is the point of contact between the photographer’s life, thoughts, philosophy and the subject he portrays.
Two very different stories that due to decision or unexpected coincidences bring to life a snapshot or a posed photo, which turns into an historical icon.
Produced and Dircted by Mario Paloschi and Gianluigi Attore ; A Ballandi Arts Production in conjunction with Magnum Photos for SKY ARTE Italy, SBS, MediaCorp, AVRO, YLE, NKS and AMP
Part 1: Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker
Meeting with photographer Thomas Hoepker who captured images of Muhammad Ali in private and professional contexts, and portrayed the attack of 11 September in New York from an unusual perspective.
Part 2: Kitchen Debate by Elliot Erwitt
He is known to photograph subjects with elements of humor and sarcasm, and has depicted everything from dogs on the street to politics at the highest level.
Part 3: The Beatles by David Hurn
We meet the British photographer David Hurn who photographed the Beatles, 60s swinging London and the famous Isle of Wight Festival in 1970. He tells of his focus on capturing moments of everyday life.
Part 4: Margaret Thatcher by Peter Marlow
He finds unique angles, will close objects and photographs always whether it is private or mission. Photographer Peter Marlow is known among others for his iconic portrait of Margaret Thatcher.
Part 5: Tienanmen Square by Stuart Franklin
He took the famous image of a person in front of a tank at the time of the protests at Tiananmen Square. Stuart Franklin tells about the incident, and reflects on memory, meaning when he finds motifs in the landscape.
Part 6: Iranian Revolution by Abbas Attar
As a photographer, his focus has been to raise questions and formulate questions regarding faith and life choices. Abbas Attar from Iran tells about his impressions when he documented the Iranian Revolution 1979.
Part 7: 9/11 by Steve McCurry
Steve McCurry captures the dramatic moment where people’s destinies and the situation atmosphere are the focus. Many remember his picture of the girl from Afghanistan, in 1985 on National Geographic’s front page.
Part 8: Yakuza by Bruce Gilden
The proximity to the street life and crime have influenced him as a photographer. Gilden has intrusive images of the Japanese Mafia Yakuza, but portrays also like to passersby on the streets of New York.
Part 9: Miles Davis by Guy Le Querrec
During the 50s and 60s he documented the jazz culture and sought to capture the soul of music in their photographs. Guy Le Querrec tells of his meetings with Miles Davis, and if the differences can determine whether an image is mediocre or a masterpiece.
Part 10: Iraq War by Alex Majoli
Although he photographed in wars and conflicts, he regards himself not as a war photographer. Alex Majoli talks about his career, his passion to depict duplicitous motives, mental illness, war and about to approach grief and death.