Blog #124 Magnum’s HOME
Early September, the Magnum HOME exhibit came to the Hong Kong Arts Centre. Of course I went to see it.
The story goes something like this. To celebrate Fujifilm’s 50th anniversary, Stanley Sun presented a touring exhibition showcasing a series part-artistic, part- photojournalistic images commissioned from 16 Magnum photographers. Each was given a Fujifilm GFX medium format digital mirrorless camera system. Their task was to shoot a collection of images based on the concept of “home”.
The exhibition of the work will tour to seven cities around the world starting in March 2018, and be accompanied by a photo book. Known for their wide range of approaches, Magnum Photos members produce documentary photography that encompasses art and photojournalism. Sharing the agency’s legacy for humanistic photography, associated with its founding in 1947, Magnum’s contemporary practitioners are united by a curiosity about the world. This project invited them to explore a universal subject familiar to us all.
"Home" is not only defined as a space for physical living. It holds various other associations that are emotional, biological, cultural and societal. These 16 photographers have been given an open brief to explore the subject through their own individual practices, the resulting work reflecting their personal take on a subject that we all record photographically.
The images that resulted from this project were truly fascinating. The diversity of the interpretation of the theme was quite broad. I am familiar with about half of the 16 photographers included in the show and I could’ve placed the name signs on the collections easily. The styles of the images were all very true to the style of the photographers. All but Alex Webb’s work was easily discernible their own. I would highly encourage you to see this exhibit. It’s absolutely worth the effort. Check if HOME will be coming to your home.
The light is always right.
*Images: © Jeremy H. Greenberg
Where: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Subject: MAGNUM HOME EXHIBITION
Gear: Fujifilm X-E3 + Fujinon XF 35mm f/2 & iPhone X