France, Paris, 1958, Café de Flore

Dennis Stock’s 1958 photograph of the Café de Flore is in a kind of dialogue with Richard Kalvar’s 1971 image of a Champs Elysées cafe. Where Kalvar’s photograph shows the calm before the storm, Stock’s shows the aftermath, as a busy day in the cafe comes to an end. The cafe is the stage for the complexity of life; its joys and its woes. As the day at the cafe in 1958 draws to an end a couple embraces, oblivious to the tired waiter who watches them, using his broom to rest head and hands as he waits to sweep the floor.

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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