Magnum and theprintspace Announce Swap Shop

May 18, 2017 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Events | Comment |
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In an exclusive event; the first of it’s kind, theprintspace in partnership with Magnum Photos, are inviting the global photography community to participate in Magnum’s 70th anniversary celebrations, by swapping prints with each other and the photographers of Magnum Photos. The project is inspired by the exhibition David Hurn’s Swaps, drawn from Hurn’s extensive photo collection, exhibited as part of Magnum’s official 70th ​programme during Photo London. Curated by Martin Parr, the 70-piece exhibition explores both photographers’ commitment to and interaction with the wider global photographic community. This free-to-enter event is open to international submissions between 17 May and 12 June. The selected images will then be exhibited at theprintspace gallery (74 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DL) from 29 June - 11 July 2017.

theprintspace Press Release

Swap Shop; a global photographic project with David Hurn & Martin Parr

Entry dates: May 17 - June 12

In an exclusive event; the first of it’s kind, theprintspace in partnership with Magnum Photos, invite the global photography community to participate in Magnum’s 70th anniversary celebrations, by swapping prints with each other and the photographers of Magnum Photos.

The project is inspired by the exhibition David Hurn’s Swaps, drawn from Hurn’s extensive photo collection, exhibited as part of Magnum’s official 70th ​program during Photo London. Curated by Martin Parr, the 70-piece exhibition explores both photographers’ commitment to and interaction with the wider global photographic community.

This free-to-enter event is open to international submissions between 17 May and 12 June.

The selected images will then be exhibited at theprintspace gallery 29 June - 11 July following curation by David Hurn and Martin Parr.

David Hurn gained a reputation with reportage photography and eventually turned away from coverage of current affairs, preferring to take a more personal approach to the medium. Finding pleasure in things-as-they-are Hurn transcribes the complexity, wonder, and surprise of life into compelling, narrative images. Alongside his long and illustrious career with Magnum Photos Hurn established ​in 1973 the famous School of Documentary Photography in Newport, Wales - inspiring and teaching many in the process. Hurn started and built his own wonderful collection of 700+ prints mostly by swapping his own work with other Magnum photographers.

By creating fiction out of reality, Martin Parr has developed an international reputation for his oblique approach to social documentary, and his prolific input to photographic culture within the UK and abroad. He continues to innovate, producing social documentary work that challenges the status quo through satire, and a wry, observant humour. Now President of Magnum, Parr is a vital and iconic voice within the photographic community.

The Swap Shop Project

Following the free, open-call submission period Magnum Photos will judge the entries and choose their favourite 200 images. These will be displayed at a large-scale exhibition by theprintspace gallery, 74 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DL to run from 30th June to 11th July, with a private view on 29th June. All short-listed photographers will automatically be added to the guest list and the public are invited to join in to celebrate the official opening (limited capacity, first-come-first-served).

As well as the entrants’ selected images, David Hurn and Martin Parr’s work will also feature in the show. Two people will swap a print with either David Hurn or Martin Parr, giving the wider photography community an opportunity to both own historic photographs, and be included in a significant collection.

Every photographer chosen for the exhibition will be able to swap prints with all photographers in the show. This is optional and subject to mutual agreement but it will give everyone the chance to build their art collection in the same way David Hurn has over the years.



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