Magnum was the first cooperative photo agency, created by the photographers themselves. It owes its reputation to the quality of its members, who never ignore the guiding principle of the agency's founders: solidarity in respect for the individual. Magnum photographers are united in their basic understanding of journalism and a humanistic view of their fellow beings.
Magnum Photos, the world’s most prestigious photographic agency, was formed in 1947 by four photographers: Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour.
Fred Ritchin is the director of PixelPress and a professor of photography and imaging at New York University. He was named one of the 100 most important people in photography by American Photo magazine. He lives in New York City.