After the Second World War, photojournalists, photography-based artists and friends Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour formed Magnum Photos. Now one of the most prestigious and prominent photo agencies in the world, it was conceived of a salve to comfort the photographers, but also to celebrate them following the harrowing events they had survived. More than seven decades later, Magnum has not only grown into an internationally renowned agency, it is also an aspirational title that many photographers dream of attaining.
The photographic home (archive) to many an acclaimed photographer: the agency is a microcosm through which to examine photographic processes, practices and ethics before, during and after an image is taken.
In August 2020, The Guardian reported that the agency suspended a member and veteran photographer, David Alan Harvey, following allegations that he had harassed a woman colleague. The suspension was to allow the agency to carry out a thorough investigation on Harvey’s conduct, in his absence.