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Magnum Magnum

Brigitte Lardinois

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Brimming with photographic masterpieces by sixty-nine of the greatest names in photography, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, Werner Bischof, Donovan Wylie and Martin Parr


The photography book of the decade and a landmark publication celebrating the vision, imagination and brilliance of the world’s most renowned photographic agency. There are very few books which can be genuinely thought of as 'exceptional' - this is one of them.

With over 400 images selected by Magnum’s photographers, this is at once a permanent record of many of the iconic images from the last 60 years by a legendary creative collective, and an insight, as seen through the critical eyes and minds of Magnum photographers, into what makes a great photograph.

Organized by photographer, Magnum Magnum harks back to Magnum’s early days, evoking the spirit of what made it such a unique creative environment, where each of the four founding members picture-edited the others’ photographs. Here, a current Magnum photographer selects and critiques six key works of another of the 69 photographers featured, with a commentary explaining the rationale behind their choice.

Including the work of both the acknowledged greats of photography in the 20th century and the modern masters and rising stars of our time, this is the essential book for anyone interested in photography or the world depicted by it.

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'A magnificent venture ... grand in scale and content'
John Banville, Financial Times Magazine

'Brimming with photographic masterpieces ... some of the greatest pictures ever taken'
Sunday Times

'A fascinating collection of some of the most important reportage photography in modern times, and an essential tome'
What Digital Camera

'Beautifully presented … a sturdily wieldy volume which feels as though it will easily withstand the repeated thumbings its contents deserve. The real triumph, though, is the format: each featured photographer is represented by a selection of their work … chosen by one of their colleagues …. This book is an essential purchase. It's a must for anyone with any interest in photography; anyone lacking such an interest would surely soon develop one after glancing through its pages'

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.4 x 20.8 cm

Extent: 568 pp

Publication date: 7 September 2009

ISBN: 9780500288306

List of Contributors

Brigitte Lardinois