In the middle of December two trailer trucks left New
York City bound for Austin, Tex., packed with a precious and unusual
cargo: the entire collection of pictures amassed over more than half a
century by the Magnum photo cooperative, whose members have been among
the world's most distinguished photojournalists.
It is one of the most important photography
archives of the 20th century, consisting of more than 180,000 images
known as press prints, the kind of prints once made by the collective to
circulate to magazines and newspapers. They are marked on their reverse
sides with decades of historical impasto — stamps, stickers and writing
chronicling their publication histories — that speaks to their role in
helping to create the collective photo bank of modern culture.
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