‘Magnum 2020’ by Olivia Arthur

Saturday 11 September 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Photo London, Somerset House
Magnum, G26
Ground Floor – Terrace Rooms (A)
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

'Magnum 2020', Olivia Arthur, 2021

Featuring the work of over 60 photographers, Magnum 2020 brings together a turbulent year of world events through the eyes of the collective. A yearbook of sorts, Magnum 2020 was born out of a year like no other; one which challenged the collective to find new ways of documenting experiences as countries locked down and people stayed home to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. It was also a year of reckoning for the agency, demanding reflection on the structures of power that have shaped the world for generations. Global protest against racism, the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, Ethiopia’s civil war and a divisive U.S. presidential election are just some of the stories that dominated the headlines and are featured here. In the foreword, Magnum President Olivia Arthur asks: “Was [2020] the end of something? The start of something else? Or merely a blip in an increasingly chaotic and fast-changing world? Olivia Arthur will sign copies of the book during the event.