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Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos collection donated to the Ransom Center

The Magnum Photos collection, which contains nearly 200,000 press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, has been donated to the Ransom Center. The gift was made by Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, and John and Amy Phelan. In 2009, the Dells, Fuhrmans, and Phelans purchased the collection from Magnum Photos. Since late 2009, the collection has been preserved and made accessible for research at the Ransom Center. LEARN MORE.


75 Years, 75 Days: Donate now to support the fall 2014 Gone With The Wind exhibition

The Ransom Center is raising $50,000 in 75 days for the Center's 2014 exhibition The Making of Gone With The Wind. This Hollywood classic premiered in 1939 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2014. The exhibition will include more than 300 original items from the archive of the film’s producer, David O. Selznick, including behind-the-scenes photographs, storyboards, correspondence, production records, audition footage, fan mail, and dresses worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. These recently conserved costumes will be displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years. Your support will provide funds for outreach, additional tours, a published exhibition catalog, and complementary programming. DONATE  NOW.


View photos from “Boundless” opening celebration

Thank you to our members and guests who joined us for the “Boundless” exhibition opening celebration on September 20. It was a festive and celebratory evening as University of Texas at Austin President William Powers announced the donation of the Magnum Photos collection to the Ransom Center. Images of the champagne toast, reception, and the travel-inspired photo booth are online. Support the Ransom Center and its mission by becoming a member. JOIN and view photos from the PHOTO BOOTH and the PARTY.


Twelve Magnum photographers speak at upcoming symposium

Registration is open for “Magnum Photos into the Digital Age,” October 25–27, 2013, held in conjunction with the Ransom Center's exhibition Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age. The symposium brings together photographers, curators, and historians to discuss the ways in which Magnum Photos has continually reinvented itself from the moment of its founding. Registration closes October 10. LEARN MORE or REGISTER.


View photos from Ransom Center open house

Visitors enjoyed a day of photography-related activities at the Ransom Center’s open house last month. VIEW PHOTOS of the event, which included music on the plaza, tours of the current exhibition and the photograph conservation lab, a photo booth, and more.


Join or upgrade to attend upcoming Members’ Reception

We invite you to become a member or upgrade your membership to attend a Members’ Reception on Wednesday, November 13. Along with wine and light bites, guests will have the opportunity to meet Stephen Enniss, the new Director of the Ransom Center. Guests will then view collection materials from the upcoming exhibitions The World at War, 1914-1918 and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. JOIN or UPGRADE.


Online course features Ransom Center curator

“Ideas of the Twentieth Century,” taught by University of Texas at Austin Professor of Philosophy Daniel Bonevac and Ransom Center Senior Research Curator of Photography Roy Flukinger, is one of the courses offered by The University of Texas at Austin as part of UT System’s partnership with edX, a nonprofit online learning initiative. Launched by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012, edX collaborates with universities across the country to offer massive open online courses. LEARN MORE.



Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age
Through January 5

Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age

Magnum Photos photographers have produced some of the most memorable images of the last century. Founded in 1947, it was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers, thus insuring unprecedented creative, editorial, and economic independence.


Drawing largely upon the vast collection of prints from the agency’s New York bureau, this exhibition investigates the evolution of Magnum Photos from print photojournalism to the digital age, revealing a global cooperative in continual flux.


Organized by Jessica S. McDonald and Roy L. Flukinger, the exhibition features approximately 300 works. The Magnum Photos collection was donated to the Harry Ransom Center by Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, and John and Amy Phelan.


Coinciding with the exhibition is the book Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World, published by University of Texas Press in September. Edited by Steven Hoelscher, Academic Curator of Photography at the Ransom Center, the book is the first publication to examine the Magnum Photos collection itself. It explores prominent themes in the collection—war and conflict, portraiture, geography, cultural life, social relations, and globalization—and includes evocative portfolios of images.


Free docent tours are offered on Tuesdays at noon, Thursdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. For groups larger than 10 people, please contact the Ransom Center to make arrangements for a private group tour.


Opening October 22

Eli Reed: The Lost Boys of Sudan

In this poignant and powerful project carried out in 2001, Magnum photographer Eli Reed traces the path of some of the more than 20,000 boys displaced during the Second Sudanese Civil War. LEARN MORE.




LECTURE Michele V. Cloonan, Professor at Simmons College and Editor-in-Chief of Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, presents “Exeunt Libri: Will Libraries of the Future Preserve Cultural Heritage?” for the 2013 Don Davis Lecture.


READING Writer Ben Fountain reads from his novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and converses with fellow writer Sarah Bird. A book signing follows. In partnership with the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Mayor’s Book Club.


LECTURE Magnum photographer Alec Soth presents a visual lecture on his most recent work exploring community life in all its uniquely American varieties. This event is sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School, with the support of the Ransom Center, School of Journalism, and College of Liberal Arts.


LECTURE Magnum photographer Jim Goldberg's approach has always been eclectic, evolving, and utilizing other mediums, including text. Goldberg has been exhibiting internationally for over 30 years and is the recipient of prestigious international awards and grants. This event is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History with the support of the Harry Ransom Center.


SYMPOSIUM “Magnum Photos into the Digital Age” brings together Magnum photographers and scholars to discuss the ways in which the Magnum Photos agency has continually reinvented itself from its founding through the digital age. Paid registration required; limited seating. REGISTER or LEARN MORE.


Ernest Hemingway

Book annotations document scuffle between Ernest Hemingway and Max Eastman

A dustup between Ernest Hemingway and Max Eastman is documented in newspaper columns of the time and in several biographies. But when a Ransom Center cataloger opened a box of previously restricted Hemingway material in the 1980s to catalog it for public access, he found surprising physical evidence of the skirmish. READ MORE.


October 2013


Masthead image:
(Detail) Photo by Pete Smith from "Boundless" exhibition opening celebration.
News image:
George Rodger, Sahara Desert, 1957, verso. With permission of Magnum Photos.
Exhibitions image:
"Russia. Altai Territory. Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to the toxic rocket fuel." 2000 © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos.
Public Programs image:
Photo by Pete Smith.
Insider's Perspective image:
Annotated inside cover of Max Eastman's Art and the Life of Action, with other Essays.

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