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Magnum Magnum

Brigitte Lardinois, Olivia Arthur


Magnum Magnum showcases the best of Magnum Photos, celebrating the vision, imagination and brilliance of its photographers – from the acknowledged 20th-century greats to the modern masters and rising stars of our time

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Since its founding in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David ‘Chim’ Seymour, Magnum Photos - the legendary co-operative - has powerfully chronicled the peoples, cultures, events and issues of the time. Now, following its 75th anniversary, Magnum Photos and Thames & Hudson join forces to publish an updated and expanded edition of the original hit publication Magnum Magnum (2007), which was previously presented in three formats and sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.

Organized by photographer, Magnum Magnum is built upon a founding concept that made Magnum such a unique creative environment; a collaborative process where each of the four founders picture edited the other’s photographs. This book evokes the same creative spirit, with each photographer selecting and critiquing six key works by another of the agency’s 87 photographers along with a commentary explaining the rationale behind their choices.

This new edition adds the 25 photographers who have joined Magnum in the last 15 years. With more than 150 new photographs and over 700 pages, this book is the definition of an updated classic.


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

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

'A great slab of a book ... [the photographs are] reproduced on a lavish scale and with equal quality ... beautiful and a pleasure to leaf through'
The Times

'A celebration of the power and persistence of an iconic photographic agency ... dazzling'
Daily Telegraph

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 29.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 728 pp

Illustrations: 533

Publication date: 9 November 2023

ISBN: 9780500545621

About the Author

Brigitte Lardinois is a Reader in Understanding of Public Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Lardinois’ association with Magnum began in 1995 when she set up the Cultural Department of their agency in London. She has been involved in group exhibitions as well as solo shows – working closely with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Parr, Josef Koudelka, Eve Arnold, Elliott Erwitt and many others.