France, Paris, 1966, l'Arc de Triomphe

In a photograph taken in 1966, Burt Glinn shows a couple walking towards the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. What could be a purely touristic and stereotypical image of a Parisian landmark becomes something altogether more evocative thanks to Glinn’s work with light and shade. The Arc de Triomphe becomes a gothic silhouette, while the water in the fountain becomes a curtain of fragmented forms. The couple, in the middle ground and also in silhouette, are statuesque, their calm contrasting with the frenzy of the water.

The Magnum at 70, Series 2 – Paris Collection is the second in a series of collections showcasing and celebrating the work of members of the renowned artists’ cooperative, Magnum Photos. The photographic and video works are released on Sedition as curated selections of digital editions as part of a yearlong partnership with Magnum Photos throughout 2017. The Magnum at 70 partnership celebrates 70 years of Magnum Photos by revisiting iconic, era-defining photographic works from the past seven decades and looking ahead to the digital future of photography.


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