The Magnum Home: A Pop-Up Exhibition and Three Unmissable Events


This moth, Plinth, Magnum Photos and publisher Thames & Hudson are set to open the doors to The Magnum Home, a brilliant pop-up space that combines show-stopping interior design with inspiring photography from the Magnum archive.

Located in a listed Georgian townhouse, just opposite the British Museum, the show is the culmination of a curatorial collaboration between Enow Eshun, creator of Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity, and Yinka Ilori, a designer and interior curator whose distinctive style draws on anything from Nigerian parables to London’s markets.

The Magnum Home will house a full-scale exhibition comprised of shots from the Magnum archive titled Just Kids: Magnum Photographers on Youth Culture. Focusing on style, deportment and attitude as key factors in how young people have asserted their personal politics and perspectives on gender, race and social status, the photographs on show document youth culture in Britain and internationally from the 1960s to the present day.

Unifying Yinka and Enow’s disciplines are the rooms which the photographs occupy. Each room in The Magnum Home is an immersive and characterful showcase of bright and playful design, peppered with cultural narratives spanning the past 60 years. Kick back in the library, explore the study and nose around the bedrooms at your own pace, taking in the space as a whole.

In addition to the pop-up space, which is free to visit from 17th – 21st May, Magnum Photos, Plinth and Thames & Hudson will be hosting a trio of exclusive events on the themes the show explores. I recommend booking your spot quickly as tickets for these are flying fast.


Where’s It At?

Thursday May 18th, 6:30 – 7:30pm

Hunger Magazine’s Lily Silverton will be joined by nominee Magnum member Matt Stuart and political writer Sam Kriss, for a conversation on the state of London’s youth and its culture, facilitated by journalist and editor Craig McLean. Within The Magnum Home, the panel will discuss the common denominators and game-changing aspects of youth culture and what it means mean here in London today. Book here.

Re-visions of London

Saturday May 20th, 2 – 5pm

Saturday afternoon will see a Magnum Treasure Hunt take place across London. Beginning at 44 Great Russell Street, participants will pace the city to locate and recreate images from Magnum’s archive. All you need is a camera phone. The winners will be selected by Magnum photographer Matt Stuart, renowned for his unique take on street photography, and prizes will be awarded to the fastest team, and to those whose photos are judged the best. Book here.

Tile Decorating Workshop with Yinka Ilori

Sunday May 21st, 3 – 5pm

On Sunday, you can join designer and interior curator Yinka Ilori in a special tile decorating workshop. Expect a soundtrack of Afrobeats, hip-hop and grime while you work with motifs of Dutch wax prints and paint to design unique wooden tiles. Get to know Yinka, talk inspiration and express yourself in this one-off class at The Magnum Home.  Book here.

Find The Magnum House at 44 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3BN
17th May – 21st May 2017, 11am -7pm Weds – Sat, 12-5pm Sun


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Words: Emily Beeson | @boogiemargaret