The Magnum Photos company, Princess of Asturias Award for Concord 2024 | Culture | EUROtoday

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Magnum Photos, the legendary pictures company with 77 years of expertise, was honored this Wednesday morning with the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord. Founded as a cooperative two years after the tip of World War II, the unique staff was made up of iconic photographers Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and George Rodger, together with Maria Eisner and Rita Vandivert. With workplaces in Paris and New York, which had been later joined by London and Tokyo, Magnum defended the independence of its members, who in a novel manner retained the rights to the photographs, which in no case had been transferred to publications that made use of they. This implied from the start that company members may select with a big margin of freedom which tales to cowl. In the many years since then, practically 100 photographers have been a part of Magnum, amongst them three Spaniards: Cristina García Rodero, Lúa Ribeira and Cristina de Middel, present president of the company.

The photos taken by the members of Magnum kind a strong portrait of probably the most turbulent moments of the twentieth century, and proceed as we speak to assist compose a mosaic of the state of the world. This has been acknowledged as we speak by the Princess of Asturias Award Foundation. According to the minutes, Magnum “has guarded and transmitted the testimony of the most relevant events of its time and thereby contributed, through the image, to raising the consciousness of humanity.”

The prestigious company is distinguished by its dedication to documentary and journalistic pictures, though its discipline of motion has included all sorts of photos. His are a number of the most iconic photos of the previous many years, comparable to The lifeless militiaman, which exhibits a republican soldier shot lifeless, of Cape; Ghandi's funeral captured by Cartier-Bresson; the green-eyed Afghan lady portrayed in a Pakistani refugee camp by Steve McCurry; he That Guevara smoking a cigar in Havana in 1963 in a photograph by René Burri; or that of that solitary man who stood in entrance of a column of tanks within the Tiananmen Square protests. The checklist of members of the company is an inventory of nice masters of pictures: Elliott Erwitt, Susan Meiselas, Gilles Peress, Inge Morath, Josef Koudelka, Alex Majoli or Eve Arnold.

In July 2022, De Middel from Alicante turned the primary Spaniard to go the company. “I feel honored and also aware of the responsibility. I hope I can continue the great work that the previous presidents have done and that I manage to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the group,” she commented on the time. “There is a change of mentality in the agency, new photographers have entered who are working well compared to the veterans. “Magnum has turned 75 years old, if it had not adapted to the times, it would not have survived the changes that have occurred.”

Magnum Photos had already competed for these awards on different events, and the jury that dominated in its favor is made up of members of the boards of the Princess of Asturias Foundation. This award is meant to differentiate “the work of protection and generalization of human rights, the promotion and safety of peace, freedom, solidarity, world heritage and, on the whole, the progress of humanity. In 2024, 38 functions from 19 international locations have been submitted.

The Concord Award is the final of the eight worldwide awards offered every year by the Princess of Asturias Foundation since 1980. In the earlier version, the Mary's Meals Foundation, which fights towards malnutrition in youngsters in Africa, Asia, and America, obtained this distinction. Latin and the Caribbean. While in 2022 it fell to Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect who has devoted half of his profession to educating the way to construct buildings to deal with victims of pure disasters. In 2021, the winner was the NGO World Central Kitchen, by Spanish chef José Andrés, which feeds 1000’s of individuals around the globe who’ve suffered the results of a disaster, and which this 12 months suffered a severe assault in Gaza.

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