In 2004, I was lucky enough to to be selected for the prestigious 1-year paid internship at Magnum photos in their London office. This was an incredibly important year for me and for the development of my knowledge about photography. It is an experience that I shall have to blog more about, as I receive regular emails from people asking me about my time at Magnum and seeking advice about applying for an internship.
The above photo is a brief snapshot from one of my days in Magnum’s London office, pictured alongside a print of Marilyn Monroe by the legendary Eve Arnold, on its way to an exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery in early 2005. Pictured on the right is my friend and former colleague Ileana Athanatos.
I distinctly remember spending the best part of two days with Ileana, carefully rolling, wrapping and packaging all of these prints, readying them for transport. Dealing with such large prints, coupled with the fact they were rather expensive and important ones, led for a very slow process I can assure you. I remember being especially attentive as I didn’t want my internship prematurely ended as a result of putting a crease in one of the prints! Needless to say, I remember we managed to pack all the prints without incident and the exhibition was a success.
Having come from a background completely unrelated to photography, being selected for the Magnum internship program was one of the best things that could of happened to me. It offered me an insight into the world’s most prestigious photo agency, a chance to meet and talk with most of the photographers and an opportunity to see the vast amount of work that goes into the agency, behind the scenes, by the staff in the Magnum offices.
As mentioned above, I shall blog about my experiences at Magnum more, however for now I shall have to leave you with just this brief glimpse.