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Archives: Magnum Photos

6th April 2021

The Glamor of the Department Store

Department stores once had allure – “glamor, status … endless possibilities for life improvement”. Now they seem so, well, 20th century. Their ability to survive the onslaught of Covid and online shopping seems questionable. These images, culled from the Magnum archives, thus have an unintended air of melancholy.