About Last Night: Magnum's "Protest!" Show Slays at Milk Gallery
In an era of distasteful presidencies, unpopular politics, and increased frustration on all fronts, Magnum’s “Protest!” presentation couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. Last night, Milk Gallery hosted the 70th anniversary show, which featured 42 total pieces from 31 Magnum photographers, ranging from 1930s to present day. Reaching back into the archives of protest photography, history was on display: from documentation of the Civil Rights Movement, to anti-Vietnam war rallies, to the current struggle at Standing Rock, visitors got a peep at work from all angles.
As guests mingled amongst themselves, took peeps at the photography covering the walls, and came into contact with some of the photographers themselves (such as attendees Hiroji Kubota, Larry Towell, and Eli Reed), one thing was certain—this work is almost more relevant in 2017 than ever before. And though “Protest!” inspired many important takeaways, we’re holding on to one in particular: your voice matters. As we continue our current fight for equality on all fronts, and especially during Pride month, the message is now more important than ever. Keep fighting, fam! And be sure to visit “Protest!” at Milk Gallery—open now through July 15.
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