Photo by Sabiha Çimen. © Sabiha Çimen | Magnum Photos. Courtesy of ICP.

“Close Enough: New Perspectives from 12 Women Photographers of Magnum” and “Death in the Making: Reexamining the Iconic Spanish Civil War Photobook”
Two Exhibitions Presented by The International Center of Photography
September 30, 2022—January 9, 2023
79 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002 

On July 18th, 2022, the International Center of Photography (ICP) announced two exhibitions for Fall 2022. The exhibitions, “Close Enough: New Perspectives from 12 Women Photographers of Magnum” and “Death in the Making: Reexamining the Iconic Spanish Civil War Photobook,” focus on the connection of the subject and the photographer through history, daily life, culture, people, and the environment. The two curators, Charlotte Cotton for Close Enough and Cynthia Young for Death in the Making, have vast experience in the art field to bring the closeness and intimacy of the exhibitions to life in a cohesive, yet individually purposeful way. 

The ICP is open everyday, except Tuesday from 11 AM to 7 PM, and closing late at 9 PM on Thursdays. The exhibition is open to the public with purchase of a ticket: Adults $16; Seniors (62 and Over), Students (with Valid ID), Military, and Visitors with Disabilities $12 (caregivers are free); SNAP/EBT card holders $3; ICP members, ICP students, and all visitors 16 years old and under are free. Additionally, on Thursday’s from 6PM – 9PM, the exhibition will be open, for only an encouraged donation. 

Photo by Robert Capa. Courtesy of ICP.

“Close Enough” explores the stories of 12 women photographers, each from various backgrounds. The documentation of their career through the intimacy of their photos bridge viewers to their lives and, ultimately, the subject. The women are photographers from Magnum Photos, a co-operative of independent photographers, dedicated to telling past, present, and future stories surrounding various experiences and cultures. Over 150 works will be presented in the exhibition, varying from Bieke Depoorter’s project about a young Parisian club performer, to Sabiha Çimen’s observations and research of young Islamic women in Turkey. Each story shapes the future by its closeness and new perspective, as Magnum Photography aims to accomplish. 

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”  – Robert Capa, Magnum Co-Founder

Magnum Photos is a highly respected co-operative with a large and dedicated following. Their values of respect, honesty, and excellence is apparent within the work and it’s leaders. The UK photographers from Magnum featured in the exhibition will include Olivia Arthur, Myriam Boulos, Sabiha Çimen, Bieke Depoorter, Cristina de Middel, Carolyn Drake, Nanna Heitmann, Susan Meiselas, Hannah Price, Lua Ribeira, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Newsha Tavakolian. 

Robert Capa. Photo by Gerda Taro via Commons.wikimedia.org

The second exhibition, “Death in the Making,” dives deeper into the 1938 photobook of Robert Capa. The exhibition includes 75 original photographs and related memorabilia to recount the tragic history of the Spanish Civil War. Furthermore, the exhibition includes new perspectives by photojournalists David Seymour, finally credited for his work in the book, and Gerda Taro. 

The Polish American and German photojournalists provide a new lens to history of the Spanish Civil War through their audacious photography. Taro died while covering the frontline of the Spanish Civil War, creating a heartfelt realness to the exhibition, as the book, “Death in the Making,” was dedicated in her honor. 

“Gerda Taro, who spent one year at the Spanish front. And who stayed on.” – Robert Capa, “Death in the Making” book dedication

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