To mark the opening of the new London Film Museum in the former Flower Cellars Market in Covent Garden, we see the launch of “Magnum on Set”, no not the iconic ice cream, an extraordinary collection of images and movie artefacts which stretch back throughout the history of, not only this incredible photgraphic agency, headed up by the enigmatic and ultra cool Robert Capa. But charters a history through the golden age of Hollywood and sees the work of these photographers associated with Magnum, who worked with movie-makers since its creation in 1947.
Billy Wilder, and particularly, the how shall we say this, the sometimes difficult, John Huston – gave him and the associated Magnum photographers unbelievable access to the charmed and exclusive world of Hollywood.
Capa, or Endre Ernő Friedmann, was born in 1913 in Budapest, Hungary. He left home at 18 and began his career as a photographer, even though his first love was writing. Throughout his varied career he mixed the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, with working as a photojournalist covering five wars including World War II, the 1948 Arab-Isreali War and the Spanish Civil War.
This connection to the film world has continued to the present day and widened to include movie-makers, directors and film stars all over the world. This exhibition, with its great variety of photographers and movie-stars is a real enchantment for all those who love both photography and the moving image.
It is the London Film Museum’s first ever exhibition using their own Apple iPad technology which enables the displays to be viewed in infinitely more detail, multiple languages and intelligent education packages (IEP) – the first attraction with this level of interactivity in the UK. Plus exhibition, which has never before been seen in the UK, hosts 146 of some of the most recognised film images in the world. The collection includes masterpieces such as Charlie Chaplin’s Limelight, Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch, Nicholas Ray’s Rebel Without A Cause, Orson Welles’s The Trial, John Huston’s Moby Dick and many more.
The exhibition is on at the London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London and runs until Saturday 1st Sep.