Founded in 1947 during the aftermath of World War II and the beginnings of a new epoch, Magnum has embraced a diverse array of individual points of view to express a unique vision of the world. Whatever the driving force of the photographer’s motivations, their stories have always been told—and their visions always conveyed—through the lens of subjective expression, from the inside looking out.
The Magnum 75 collection is the inaugural NFT collection by Magnum Photos. Minted in 2022, the collection brings together works by 76 photographers taken across seven decades.
The first collection, Magnum 75, was revealed on Foundation on June 28th, coinciding with the agency’s 75th anniversary and its Annual General Meeting in New York.
The first collection has been curated by Alejandro Cartagena, RAW DAO founding artist and co-founder of Obscura and Fellowship Trust.
Cartagena says: “To look into Magnum’s vast archive is to look into the evolving history of photography as a language. For this selection, which marks the first steps of the agency into yet another horizon for photography with the emergence of blockchain technology, I decided to focus on the ingredients that make certain images stand out from the rest – the elements that all photographers should be aiming for. These 75 images celebrate not only the endurance of Magnum Photos but the quality that has made this longevity possible.”
RAW DAO has acquired five pieces from this amazing collection of important records of the world’s photographic history.