Don’t miss a visit to the Kashta Gallery in the Boulevard of Jumeirah Emirates Towers to see Magnum Cinema, an exhibition of cinema-themed images. The show features a stunning selection of 124 photographs spanning more than 50 years of film with icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman and James Dean. Intriguing behind-the-scenes shots, actors and actresses off camera, and film directors in action reveal the often-hidden story behind the making of film.
Magnum Cinema developed during the 1950s, a time when the cult of cinema was at its highest. Television was not yet readily available to the masses, so instead, picture magazines disseminated current news and events. This created a platform for the development of film and photography. Magnum’s founding members included prominent photographers such as Henri-Cartier Bresson and John Houston, both who directed a number of films. Houston’s movie The Misfits (1961), featuring an cast of Hollywood stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, and Montgomery Clift, was photographed by 10 Magnum photographers given exclusive rights document the film’s creation.
What is pivotal to the Magnum photographer’s approach is their storytelling. At a time when the power of the moving picture was just developing, these photographer’s documentations participated in cinematic history—their unique shots provide a special portal into the world of cinema and tell the tale of film’s exciting beginning.