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Robert Capa "France. Normandy. Landing of the American troops on Omaha Beach." 1944 © Robert Capa © International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos


Michael and Susan Dell, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman and John and Amy Phelan have donated the Magnum Photos collection to the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The collection, containing nearly 200,000 press prints of images taken by world-renowned Magnum photographers, may be the single-largest donation to the Ransom Center ever.

Founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David “Chim” Seymour and George Rodger, Magnum Photos was the first cooperative agency to be established and operated by photographers. Membership in the collective gave photographers unprecedented creative, editorial and economic independence, empowering them to document conflict, liberation, revolution and reform while preserving their own points of view.

“The Dells, the Fuhrmans and the Phelans have given UT one of the richest collections of photographs documenting the visual culture of the 20th century,” said university President Bill Powers. “It will serve as a tremendous resource for our students and faculty and for humanities scholars from throughout the world. The Magnum Photos collection is one more example of the Dell family’s support of UT.”

In 2009, the Dells, Fuhrmans and Phelans purchased the collection from Magnum Photos. Since late 2009, the collection has resided at the university’s Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum, where it is being preserved and made accessible for research.

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Michael Dell is founder, chairman and CEO of Dell Inc. Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan are co-managing partners and co-founders of MSD Capital LP, the private investment firm for Mr. Dell and his family.

The press prints in the Magnum Photos collection include some of the most memorable images of the past century, shaping history and revolutionizing photography’s influence on modern culture. The prints include famous photos from the Spanish Civil War, the D-Day landings and the Six-Day War, as well as unforgettable scenes of historic events, such as the U.S. civil rights movement.

The Ransom Center’s current exhibition, “Radical Transformation: Magnum Photos into the Digital Age,” draws from the vast collection of prints, exploring the evolution of the photo agency from the post-war golden era of the picture magazine to the digital age.  Organized by Ransom Center photography curators Jessica S. McDonald and Roy Flukinger, the exhibition includes more than 300 photographs, plus a selection of contact sheets, documents, tear sheets, magazines, books, films, videos and other multimedia. It is on view through Jan. 5, 2014.

Jonas Bendiksen "Russia. Altai Territory. Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to the toxic rocket fuel." 2000 © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos

Jonas Bendiksen "Russia. Altai Territory. Villagers collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft, surrounded by thousands of white butterflies. Environmentalists fear for the region's future due to the toxic rocket fuel." 2000 © Jonas Bendiksen/Magnum Photos

 

Jean Gaumy "Iran. Tehran. Veiled women practice shooting on the outskirts of the city." 1986 © Jean Gaumy/Magnum Photos

Jean Gaumy "Iran. Tehran. Veiled women practice shooting on the outskirts of the city." 1986 © Jean Gaumy/Magnum Photos

 

Paolo Pellegrin "USA. El Paso, Texas. Two men who illegally attempted to enter the U.S. run across the dry Rio Grande River back to Juarez, Mexico after being spotted by the U.S. Border Patrol." 2011 © Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos

Paolo Pellegrin "USA. El Paso, Texas. Two men who illegally attempted to enter the U.S. run across the dry Rio Grande River back to Juarez, Mexico after being spotted by the U.S. Border Patrol." 2011 © Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos

 

Bruce Davidson "USA. New York City. East 100th Street." 1966 © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos

Bruce Davidson "USA. New York City. East 100th Street." 1966 © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos

 

Susan Meiselas "Nicaragua. Matagalpa. Muchachos await the counterattack by the National Guard." 1978 © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

Susan Meiselas "Nicaragua. Matagalpa. Muchachos await the counterattack by the National Guard." 1978 © Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos

 

Josef Koudelka "Czechoslovakia. Slovakia. Michalovce." 1966 © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos

Josef Koudelka "Czechoslovakia. Slovakia. Michalovce." 1966 © Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos

 

Alex Majoli "Greece. Dodecanese Islands. Leros. Leros beach. A patient and a care worker lie in the sun." 1994 © Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos

Alex Majoli "Greece. Dodecanese Islands. Leros. Leros beach. A patient and a care worker lie in the sun." 1994 © Alex Majoli/Magnum Photos

 

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