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Magnum: Fifty Years at the Front Line of History: The Story of the Legendary Photo Agency

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Since Magnum was founded in 1947, its members have been on hand to bear witness on the front line of world history. From Robert Capa's stark photograph of a Loyalist soldier being shot in the head during the Spanish Civil War to Eve Arnold's astonishingly intimate portraits of well-known faces - from Joan Crawford to Malcolm X - Magnum has changed how we perceive our polit ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 1999 by Grove Press (first published 1997)
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A vaguely interesting, highly romantic, not terribly granular, look at the world's premier photo agency (Hmmm, I think I may have been taken in by the author's unmitigated love of Magnum, dysfunctional though it may be). In the author's defense, any one of the photographers from Magnum's first 40 years of existence would rate biographies of their own; indeed Robert Capa has more than one, as does Cartier-Bresson (who does not always come off terribly well in this tale). A truly thorough-going hi ...more
This was an exhausting read, and not entirely in a good way. I skipped the last 20 pages, as I guessed it would be just another round of Magnum's concoction of great photography, poor (and yet somehow sustainable) management, and melodrama. I don't often choose to skip the ending of a book.

That said, the book is a great ride through 50 years of incredible photojournalism, and it was enjoyable to learn more about some of the personalities in Magnum's history.
Every aspiring photographer dreams of joining the Magnum (and the National Geographic) for the adventures it promises, and this book offers a more profound reason to attain that elusive dream - social and political relevance.
Ismail Nur
İt was an amazing book. I've got so much information about Magnum Photos and i rocommend this book for beginner press photographers, you will learn many things from this book.
This book is kind of interesting if you are interested in Magnum, but it's mostly gossip.
Teri Cooper
Tells the wonderful story of the building of a photographic icon - Magnum Photos.
Brilliant storytelling, less so a history study. Enjoyed every page of it.
It's like Indiana Jones with an SLR...very enjoyable.
Exhausting - Magnum I mean, not the author. Recommended!
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