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Celebrating 50 Years

The first issue of PEOPLE Magazine dated March 4, 1974, with cover featuring Mia Farrow biting on a pearl necklace
People Magazine Mia Farrow Cover, March 4, 1974

In celebration of PEOPLE Magazine's 50th anniversary, Fotografiska is proud to present the brand's first-ever museum exhibition! PEOPLE: Celebrating 50 Years is a unique archive of original covers and photographs from the magazine, as well as multimedia and interactive elements that invite visitors themselves to become cover stars.

Stevie Wonder playing the piano with his likeness reflected on the piano lid.
Stevie Wonder photographed for People by Andrew Macpherson

"For 50 years, PEOPLE has chronicled the biggest moments in pop culture.
Our photographs–combined with our unparalleled reporting–have given the world an up close and personal look not only at world’s most high-profile names, but also the unseen stories that make up the fabric of this country." – Wendy Naugle, Editor in Chief, PEOPLE

PEOPLE’s success is deeply connected to the power of the photographic image, with the very first prospectus for the magazine stating, “the succession of dramatic images should make turning the pages irresistible.” Some of the greatest photographers of their generation have worked with PEOPLE, including Harry Benson, Gordon Parks, Co Rentmeester (and daughter Coliena Rentmeester), Ruven Afanador, Elinor Carucci and Art Streiber.

The exhibit is co-curated by Pauline Vermare, an independent photography historian and curator.

A view of a gallery wall with a "PEOPLE: Celebrating 50 Years" logo reflected on the floor
© Dario Lasagni
An exhibition view of photographs and a life-size photo box that looks like a PEOPLE Magazine cover
© Dario Lasagni

Shop the Collection

Explore items inspired by "PEOPLE: Celebrating 50 Years" at Fotografiska New York.