Monday 16th July- Sunday 9th September 2012
Church Street Square and Colmore Square
Colmore Business District (CBD) sponsored the Magnum Sport: Icons and the Everyday photographic exhibition, presenting a diverse collection of photography from some of the most influential photographers working today. The exhibition was part of CBD’s activities to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was a contribution to Birmingham’s Olympic offer.
This exhibition showcased some great sporting icons as well as offering an inquisitive viewpoint of everyday sporting activity and people’s engagement with games and events. Whether it was world-class competitions and athletes at Olympic Games over the years or the routine of playing or watching sport, this exhibition captured the spectrum of people’s engagement with sport across the world.
Magnum Sport had been especially curated for display in Birmingham by Pete James, head of photography at the Library of Birmingham, and Magnum Photos. Images that captured icons such as Lance Armstrong and Muhammad Ali as well as Japanese Sumo wrestlers and English cricket games on the beach were displayed. The exhibition featured some of the world’s most iconic names in documentary photography, including Werner Bishcof, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Hurn, David Seymour, Martin Parr, Eve Arnold, Cornell Capa, Martine Frank, George Roger, W. Eugene Smith, Susan Meiselas, Tom Hetherington and Ian Baerry.
The free exhibitions were on Church Street Square and Colmore Square in CBD.