As a core objective of the Magnum Foundation, the Legacy Program preserves, interprets, manages, and makes accessible materials related to the history of Magnum Photos, and to the larger history of photography to which Magnum has uniquely contributed. Through its archives and related activities, the Legacy Program promotes research into, and appreciation of, the photographic medium, while safeguarding for posterity both primary source material and original objects.
The Legacy Program conducts archival assessments of photographers' estates and supports scholarly work about photographers' careers. The Legacy Program also collaborates with selected partners toward the development of larger-scale exhibitions, publications, and educational projects.
The Foundation envisions developing a Legacy Fellowship to encourage and support historical study of the work of Magnum photographers. Fellows will receive a stipend for up to six months to conduct research about one or more Magnum photographers, living or deceased, and the time and place in which they worked. Donations in support of the Legacy Program will help to launch and sustain the Legacy Fellowship.
MagnumTime is an interactive timeline, drawing together a collective oral history of the community, within and around Magnum Photos. Photographers, ex-members, former staff and other pioneers of the field will share their memories through stories from over 60 years, captured in audio and video clips as well as historical documents. MagnumTime will be a global resource for researchers and the public with interest in the changing world of photography.
Poland, Oswiecim, 1994
Spain, Sevilla, 1987