Two Magnum Masters: Barbey and Berry / Exhibition at SCOP, Shanghai

-May,2nd 2016-

Exhibition at the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCôP), from March 13th to May 29th.

British-born Ian Berry and French-Swiss Bruno Barbey are two of the most long-standing and respected photographers within the Magnum collective. Each joined in the 1960s – Ian Berry in 1962 at the personal invitation of Henri Cartier-Bresson, becoming a full member in 1967; Bruno Barbey became an associate member in 1964. As with all candidates awarded the honor of Magnum membership, both had produced a seminal series of photographs that signified their talent, intellectual concerns and the eye for the moment within the times that they each brought to their observations. For Ian Berry it was in South Africa in 1960, a nation at the height of apartheid; for Bruno Barbey, it was his essay on Italians in the early 1960s. Both photographers would continue to travel the world and to cover some of the most significant political, social and economic events of the second half of the twentieth century.

Both photographers have also been regular visitors to China for a number of decades, and have produced works now familiar to local photographers and lovers of photography. For this exhibition, however, each presents a medley of iconic images from their broader careers. For Ian Berry, we focus on his work in South Africa, beginning in 1960, and on The English, a study which began in the early 1970s, and which here is broadened to be more fully “British”. For Bruno Barbey, we present richly-colored scenes from his extraordinary global travels, studies of people and place, and classic images which embody the diverse moments in which he was witness to history.

In tandem with the exhibition, Leica Master Class will take place at the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCôP) to represents a unique opportunity for local photographers to work with two of photojournalisms most revered and iconic individuals.

“Two Magnum Masters: Berry and Barbey” is supported by Leica, as the leading sponsor. SCôP would like to thank Tuchong for its support in this exhibition. We would like to give particular thanks to the two photographers Bruno Barbey and Ian Berry; and to the Magnum Photos agency. For their support, SCôP thanks MODERN WEEKLY, iWeekly, Mr Huang Yunhe at Ofoto Gallery, Shanghai, Mr Chang He at The Paper and Mr Wu Hon Lam.

Leica Master Classes on March, 14th 9 – 11 am: lecture with Bruno Barbey 2 – 4 pm: lecture with Ian Berry

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