Magnetised Needle. What They Saw

Temporary Exhibition Tour for Adults

Wednesday, 29 May, and 12 and 26, June 2024 – 12pm
Gallery conversation Muestra documental

Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior registration via email by writing to At least 5 people are required for the tour to be held. Visitors will be informed if there are a lack of numbers


Nouvel Building, Library and Documentation Centre

15 people
30 minutes
Organised by
Museo Reina Sofía

Almost Books

Cover of A Way of Seeing, 1965. Photographs by Helen Levitt
Cover of A Way of Seeing, 1965. Photographs by Helen Levitt

The guided tours around the exhibition What They Saw. Historical Photobooks by Women, 1843–1999 seek to throw into relief women’s roles in producing, disseminating and authoring photobooks. With this as its aim, the show gathers and presents, chronologically, sixty-one publications — many of them part of the holdings of the Museo Reina Sofía Library and Documentation Centre — which allow a re-writing of the history of the photobook which is both more equal and more inclusive.

The tours sketched out by Magnetised Needle develop within the framework of Almost Books, a mediation programme from the Library and Documentation Centre which sets forth an approach to their spaces, collections and services, extending beyond both as platforms for research on contemporary art.

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