I have definitely become well-acquainted with Blu-tac of late, as I play my part in transforming the the walls of the Lab, from stark white to lively and colourful. When I'm attempting to curate a group of photographs in the museum, I always have a pile of thumbnail reproductions on the floor or desk in front of me. By sticking the images on the wall and living with them for a few hours, you soon tune into the ones that shine and work best. The ones which talk to each other.
As well as sharing the work during development, the two
week Live Lab culminates with an exhibition of final selected photographs, on show
for six weeks. This is where my role as curator steps up a gear. At present we
have a hang which is very much still a work in progress. By the end of the
second week, the photographers and I will create a hang of their best
work. This means careful selections, juxtapositions, and a chance to test my still-developing skills with a spirit level.
At this half way point, I am so enthused by the imagery which has already been made - testimony to the incredible skills these very different photographers possess. Each remains calm and focused. Each is creating diverse and memorable content from within a rich but relatively small geographical area. All this under the pressure of time and the keen public eye. The coming week will indeed put my own skills further to the test and without doubt teach me so much. Follow the campaign until 20 May on Twitter and Instagram, or come and see the finished photos in the Magnum Print Room display until 14 July 2017.
To hear Anna Sparham and the photographers discuss their work, book tickets for Magnum Live Lab in Conversation on 28 June 2017.