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On Friday, May 13, the Ransom Center helped to launch Magnum Photos’s road trip Postcards from America project. The events began with an open bus where photography fans could meet and talk with Magnum photographers Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Alec Soth, Mikhael Subotzky, and writer Ginger Strand at their R.V., which the Postcards group parked right on the plaza. (As you can see in the slideshow, getting it there was a bit dicey!)
After that was the main event: a public talk by the photographers and writer discussing the origins and plans for the project. Although their journey had only just begun the day before in San Antonio, each photographer presented some amazing images from just one day’s work. You can see many of these images on the Postcards From America blog.
The Ransom Center was excited to participate in this new project, an outgrowth of our parnership with Magnum Photos and MSD Capital, LP to house 200,000 press prints from Magnum Photos’s New York bureau.
I encourage you to follow the photographers on their blog and through the Blurb Mobile app. Do it soon because they are more than halfway through their trip, which ends in Oakland with an exhibition from their journey at the Starline Social Club on May 26.
Magnum photographers host an open bus outside their R.V. before their program 'Postcards From America.' Photo by Pete Smith.