Michael Dell buys Magnum Photos archive

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This image of darker times in US history was captured by Elliott Erwitt in North Carolina in 1950. Thomas F. Staley, director of the Ransom Center, has described the Magnum archive as "a singularly valuable collection in the history of photography".

 

Michael Dell, chief of computer firm Dell, has acquired the print archive of Magnum Photos, widely considered to be the world's most valuable photographic collection.

The collection documents world events, and includes photographs of Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King jnr, Che Guevara, James Dean and Jacqueline Kennedy.

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