Academic dialogue

It is one of the main objectives of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation to encourage academic exchange on the subject. In collaboration with partners from an international network of museums, universities and other institutions, the Foundation develops ideas and creates platforms to enable the dialogue among interested members of the public and artists, critics, curators and scientists. To this end, the Foundation holds events on current developments in the photography scene and organises symposia, lectures and artist talks.

Magnum Photos at 70. Past - Present - Future

A beach. Destruction from the Georgian-Abkhaz war which took place between 1991 and 1993. Georgia, July 1995 © Thomas Dworzak/Magnum Photos

Symposium, Exhibition, Workshop

Magnum Photos is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. On this occasion, we will both look behind the scenes of the international photo agency's history and delve into its current developments. In cooperation with Magnum Photos and Leica Camera Frankfurt, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation has put together a programme for 24 and 25 November 2017, allowing you to meet Magnum members in Frankfurt.

Until 9 December, an accompanying exhibition with selected works from the Art Collection Deutsche Börse and the Leica Gallery will offer another window into the world of Magnum photographers.

Friday, 24 November 2017
Exhibition opens at 18:00
Symposium from 18:30 to 21:00
Event in English
Register by e-mail at Leica Camera Frankfurt (required)
Attendance is free of charge. Limited seating.

Saturday, 25 November 2017
Workshops with three Magnum photographers: Thomas Dworzak, David Hurn
und Newsha Tavakolian
Registration online at Magnum Photos (required)
Attendance fee: €250, up to 10 participants per workshop group

Leica Camera Frankfurt GmbH
Großer Hirschgraben 15
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Further information:

The symposium will offer live panel discussions with photographers Thomas Dworzak (DE), David Hurn (UK) and Newsha Tavakolian (IRN), hosted by Marco Bischof and Anne-Marie Beckmann. Additionally, Marco Bischof, a Zurich filmmaker and son of Magnum photographer Werner Bischof, will present a selection of filmed interviews with further legendary members of Magnum Photos, such as Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, Thomas Hoepker, Ian Berry, David Hurn, Chris Steele Perkins, Peter van Agtmael, Peter Marlow, Inge Morath, Rene Burri and Bruce Davidson. The symposium will open up the world of Magnum more than three generations of photographers providing insights into their specific working techniques, the challenges they face and the structure of Magnum Photos as an organisation.

An accompanying exhibition will show photographs by Magnum members from 24 November and 9 December. The exhibition displays works from the Art Collection Deutsche Börse as well as from the Leica Gallery, spanning from the early 1950s until today. With images from photographers such as Werner Bischof, Thomas Hoepker, Martin Parr, Paul Fusco and Alec Soth, many different photographic approaches will be represented.

On Saturday, 25 November 2017, the interested audience can participate in a workshop with one of the three Magnum photographers Thomas Dworzak, David Hurn or Newsha Tavakolian. In the morning session, the photographers will first introduce their work to the participants. In the afternoon, each photographer will take on a group of participants for a group portfolio review session. In these sessions, participants will be asked to present their work to the Magnum photographer and their peers and will receive invaluable feedback, ideas and inspiration.

Past events

Artist talks

Lucas Foglia, 5 September 2017, lecture by the American photographer on his new photo book "Human Nature" and on the stories behind the images


Hosam Katan, 29 November 2016, presentation by the young Syrian photographer of his photographs documenting the civil war in Aleppo

Event series with C/O Berlin

In collaboration with C/O Berlin, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation organised a series of events entitled "WATCHED! Surveillance Art & Photography". Six discussion panels and lectures, held between June 2016 and April 2017, examined issues such as surveillance, big data and the dissemination of private moments online from different perspectives. Panelists and lecturers included internationally renowned artists such as Hasan Elahi or Beat Streuli, sociologists such as Harald Welzer, politicians (e.g. Heiko Maas, German Federal Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection), the author James Bridle as well as psychologists, media experts and various legal experts.