Contact (series)

Contact (series)

What is the story behind the most famous iconic photos from around the world? A unique and fascinating journey into the contact sheets of world renowned photographers from Magnum, the legendary agency founded in 1947.

Contact sheets are the first overview for the photographer of what he has captured on film. They give a unique and intimate view of the style, methods and thoughts of the artist.

Cartier-Bresson himself, founder of the Magnum Photo agency, was strongly opposing the disclosure of his contact sheets and yet the choice of that picture is the point of contact between the photographer's life, thoughts, philosophy and the subject he portrays. Two very different stories that due to decision or unexpected coincidences bring to life a snapshot or a posed photo, which turns into an historical icon.

Photographers and subjects:

Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker
Kitchen Debate by Elliot Erwitt
The Beatles by David Hurn
Margaret Thatcher by Peter Marlow
Tienanmen Square by Stuart Franklin
Iranian Revolution by Abbas Attar
9/11 by Steve McCurry
Yakuza by Bruce Gilden
Miles Davis by Guy Le Querrec
Iraq by Alex Majoli

Contact (series)
  • Contact, Ep. 1 - Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    German photographer Thomas Hoepker, reveals the story behind one of the most iconic pictures in the history of sports: the portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Alì.

  • Contact, Ep. 2 - The Beatles by David Hurn

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    British photographer David Hurn takes us to swinging London to introduce us to the legendary photo session with The Fab Four.

  • Contact, Ep. 3 - Tiananmen Square by Stuart Franklin

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    A lonely man facing Chinese tanks on Tiananmen Square is often described as the most famous photo of the 20th century. Stuart Franklin led us to the 5th of June 1989, when the unknown rioter faced the regime.

  • Contact, Ep. 4 - Margaret Thatcher by Peter Marlow

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady, governed the UK for 11 years. The photo taken by Peter Marlow, during the Conservative Party Congress in 1981, would turn out to be the most representative portrait.

  • Contact, Ep. 5 - Iranian Revolution by Abbas Attar

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    The attack on the American Embassy in Tehran is the key event of the Iranian Revolution in 1979. An iconic photo taken by Abbas Attar synthesizes the contradictions and hopes of Iranian people.

  • Contact, Ep. 6 - 9/11 by Steve McCurry

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    Photographer Steve McCurry recounts his memories of 9/11 as he watched it through the lens of his camera, taking pictures from the roof of his home in Washington Square.

  • Contact, Ep. 7 - Yakuza by Bruce Gilden

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    Members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, are revealed in a series of irreverent photographs.

  • Contact, Ep. 8 - Kitchen Debate by Elliot Erwitt

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    Elliot Erwitt explains how his photo of Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev, engaged in a vitriolic conversation among the pavilions of a trade show, became a symbol of the Cold War.

  • Contact, Ep. 9 - Miles Davis by Guy Le Querrec

    Directed by Mario Paloschi, Gianluigi Attorre • Documentary • 2014 • 26 minutes

    The camera of Guy Le Querrec is nothing but another tool among the instruments of jazz musicians. It was the same for Miles Davis, whom Le Querrec would follow for his entire career.