The exhibition, curated by Walter Guadagnini in collaboration with Costanza Vilizzi, has been conceived specifically for the Eataly Art House spaces,. It makes food, tradition and the social role of food the protagonists of a unique itinerary composed of 125 images, signed by 29 international photographers, members of the Magnum Photos agency. Divided into five sections and organised along both chronological and thematic lines, the exhibition considers food in its social, economic and symbolic connotations, highlighting the inextricable link between human life and all those food-related activities that belong to a natural and above all cultural sphere.
Photographers: Abbas (1944, Iran – 2018, France), Eve Arnold (1912, USA – 2012, UK), Olivia Arthur (1980, UK), Jonas Bendiksen (1977, Norway), Werner Bischof (1916, Switzerland – 1954, Peru), René Burri (1933, Switzerland – 2014, Switzerland), Bruce Davidson (1933, USA), Cristina De Middel (1975, Spain), Elliott Erwitt (1928, France), Leonard Freed (1929, USA – 2006, USA), Ara Güler (1928, Turkey – 2018, Turkey), Philippe Halsman (1906, Latvia – 1979, USA), Nanna Heitmann (1994, Germany), Thomas Hoepker (1936, Germany), David Hurn (1934, UK), Elliott Landy (1942, USA), Guy Le Querrec (1941, France), Alex Majoli (1971, Italy), Peter Marlow (1952, UK – 2016, UK), Inge Morath (1923, Austria – 2002, USA), Martin Parr (1952, UK), Paolo Pellegrin (1964, Italy), Raghu Rai (1942, Pakistan), George Rodger (1908, UK – 1995, UK), Zied Ben Romdhane (1981, Tunisia), Jérôme Sessini (1968, France), David Seymour (1911, Poland – 1956, Egypt), Ferdinando Scianna (1943, Italy), Alex Webb (1952, USA).
Magnum Photos is one of the most important photo agencies in the world. The agency was the brainchild of Robert Capa, who told his colleagues about it when they met in the restaurant of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
The founders belonged to five different nationalities (Hungarian Capa, French Cartier-Bresson, Polish Seymour, British Rodger and the American Vandiverts and Maria Eisner) and had acquired great sensitivity during the years of the Second World War, which were full of shocking events. The Magnum agency produced some of the most important and often dramatic reportage of the second half of the 20th century, documenting wars (Phillip Jones Griffiths’ Vietnam), ethnic catastrophes (Werner Bischof’s famine in India) or social events (Leonard Freed’s American civil rights movement).
“Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is happening in the world, a respect for what is happening and a desire to transcribe it visually.”
Martin Parr, New Brighton, England, 1983-1985 © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos