There some Magnum photos are damn legendary, like that Dali’s appropriately surrealist feline fracas or Che’s dignified cigar puff. But what about the before, the after, the in between? At the International Center of Photography, you can go there. See the very negatives of the hot shot that captured these classics. See their notes. See how many times that tossed the cats. See Che vamping.
This exhibit, fascinating to any photographer, journalist or analog fetishist, is an “epitaph to the contact sheet, now rendered obsolete” by your digital trinkets. Thanks, jerks. Come, commemorate: “Magnum Contact Sheets,” Jan 20 – May 6, International Center of Photography