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Magnum Cycling

Guy Andrews


A beautifully edited visual survey of the intimate relationship between the world’s best photographers and the most exciting, multifaceted and increasingly popular sport of cycling

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It’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest photographers have worked in and around a bicycle race at some point in their careers. Cycling provides the perfect subject for reportage, social documentary and street photography because it happens in real time and real life.

It isn’t a traditional stadium or circuit sport: the action happens on the street outside your house, in city centres where people live or in the mountains where people go to escape. The accessibility of cycling and photography means they share interesting parallels, culturally and historically. The Magnum archive contains work that is exceptional on both counts.

Thematic chapters each feature one ‘story’ of an iconic moment, event or scene: the Tour de France, track racing in the velodrome, winter training and the revelry of the fans and crowds. Images are by a variety of iconic photographers, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Guy Le Querrec and Harry Gruyaert.

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Daily Telegraph

'This isn’t simply a book for cycling enthusiasts, but also for anyone with an interest in sports photography, reportage or just the Magnum agency'
Amateur Photographer

'A reminder that, among the strained sinews, yellow jerseys and mud-splattered victory laps, cycling remains ‘the sport of the people' '
Mr Porter

'Encapsulates cycling's multifaceted appeal'
The Cyclist

'A heavyweight addition to shelves'

'The world's best photographers capture the world's most thrilling sport … The book brings together an impressive spectrum of colour and black-and-white images … It is a moving and addictive collection'
Cycling World

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 26.0 x 25.8 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Publication date: 25 April 2016

ISBN: 9780500544570

Contents List

1. Tour de France, 1939 – Robert Capa • 2. Winter Training and Racing: Guy Le Querrec, Winter training 1985; Guy Le Querrec, Laurent Fignon; Guy Le Querrec, French Cyclo-cross; John Vink, Belgian Cyclo-cross; John Vink, Bernard Hinault’s last race • 3. Tour de France, 1982: Harry Gruyaert • 4. Track Racing and the Velodrome: David Seymour; Rene Burri; Martine Franck; John Vink; Stuart Franklin; Chris Steele Perkins, Atlanta 1996 Paralympics; Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1957 Paris Six-Day Race • 5. Tour de France, 1985: John Vink; Christopher Anderson, The Lost Tours • 6. The Crowds and Spectators: Mark Power; John Vink; Robert Capa; Martine Franck; Henri Cartier-Bresson; Richard Kalvar; Harry Gruyaert; Leonard Freed; Guy Le Querrec; Chris Steele Perkins; Thomas Hoepker

About the Author

Guy Andrews has worked for over 20 years as a cycling journalist, author and editor. In 2006 he founded and co-published cycle racing reportage magazine Rouleur and edited the magazine for almost ten years. During those years Guy also produced and edited seven photographic annuals and promoted exhibitions to coincide with them in London, New York and Berlin. Guy has written several books on the subjects of bicycles, bicycle racing, design and technology.