EVOLUTION Explored : Magnum Photos Exhibition, Shrewsbury


Evolution Explored was a large scale outdoor photography exhibition curated from the  Magnum Photos archive and presented in the public realm at St. Mary’s Square and The Square,  Shrewsbury. This collaborative project between Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) and The Hive Arts Centre brought the works of Magnum photographers to new audiences on the town’s streets, with a specifically curated exhibition inspired by the theme of ‘Evolution’ and the town’s connection to Charles Darwin.

This ten-week street exhibition, Evolution Explored, was displayed at two locations and was aligned with International Darwin Day and the celebration of Darwin’s birthday.  . Additionally, the exhibition served as a nod to Magnum Photos’ 70th anniversary, marked by a series of international events, projects, and partnerships.

Magnum Photos is a photographic cooperative owned by its photographer members. Noted for its diverse and distinctive work, Magnum chronicles the world and interprets its people, events, issues and personalities. It was founded in 1947 by four pioneers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour.

It has approximately one million photographs in both print and transparency in a physical library, with more than 500,000 images available online. It is said that if you picture an iconic image, but can’t think who took it or where it can be found, it probably came from Magnum.

The project was supported by Arts Council EnglandRedrow HomesShrewsbury Shopping and Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

About Evolution Explored – A review by Jonny Bark

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