Since its founding in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour, Magnum Photos, the legendary cooperative, has powerfully chronicled the peoples, cultures, events, and issues of the time.
Magnum Magnum brings together the best work, celebrating the vision, imagination, and brilliance of Magnum photographers, both the acknowledged greats of photography in the twentieth century—among them, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Eve Arnold, Marc Riboud, and Werner Bischof—and the modern masters and rising stars of our time, such as Martin Parr, Susan Meiselas, Alex Webb, and Donovan Wylie.
Organized by photographer, the book harks back to the agency’s earlier days and the spirit that made it such a unique and creative environment, one in which each of the four founding members picture-edited the others’ photographs. Here a current Magnum photographer has selected and critiqued six key works by a Magnum cohort, with a commentary explaining the rationale behind the choice.
This new paperback edition provides a permanent record of iconic images from the last sixty years and an insight, as seen through the critical eyes and minds of Magnum photographers, into what makes a memorable photograph.
A book both quirky and epochal.
— The Wall Street Journal
A great idea, beautifully realized.
— Chicago Tribune
Visually compelling…a collective testament to the complexity of human experience.
— O, The Oprah Magazine
Very much a keeper.
— Worcester Telegram and Gazette
— Picture Magazine
Transform(s) fragments from the deluge of events, both small and epic, into intimate photographic artifacts of the human condition.
— San Diego Union-Tribune
Brigitte Lardinois was Cultural Director at Magnum Photos London for more than ten years and is the editor of Magnum Magnum. She lives in London.