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Magnum: Fifty Years at the Front Line of History: The Story of the Legendary Photo Agency Paperback – October, 1999
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"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough," said Robert Capa, the legendary photojournalist who, with Henri Cartier-Bresson and other documentary shooters, founded the Magnum press agency in 1947. Capa got close to the action, of course; he died under fire in Indo-China in 1954, seeking the perfect image of war. Other Magnum photographers died in places like Afghanistan, Israel, and Chechnya, always at the forefront of battle and strife, always with an eye on capturing history as it unfolded. In this well-written study of their work, British journalist Russell Miller shows how their images have changed the ways in which we respond to war, politics, and crises. --Gregory McNamee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Miller's history of the famous cooperative photo agency Magnum is unauthorized--no surprise, that, for one thing to count on in Magnum is disagreement. After all, "there has only ever been one rule guiding Magnum," says Magnum member Sebastian Salgado, "and that is the rule of anarchy--it is because of this anarchy we have been able to do so many things." Despite that lack of approval, Miller was able to base his lively and fascinating account on lengthy interviews with all current members except Bruce Davidson and Gilles Peress, and it all seems quite credible--at times, credibly incredible. Magnum's role in photojournalism can't be overemphasized, for the quality of the work done and for Magnum's historic role in keeping copyrights for its photographers. Not that the members' business savvy is underemphasized: despite its fame, the agency has been in almost perpetual financial crisis. It stumbles on, part dysfunctional family, part brilliant brotherhood of talent. Miller affords a rich feast of personalities, adventure, world conflicts, and the issues of journalistic ethics. Gretchen Garner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Full of funny quotes along the line of "at any time there are about 50 photographers wanting to leave Magnum, that is the entire agency". This book documents the drama and creative energy of having a agency run by creative individuals.
As a official worshiper of Magnum, I can say, this is required reading.
If you don't know what Magnum is, and could not care less, then honestly this book is going to be a complete waste of money... BUT if you are trying to understand how 50 creative photographers have managed to work together for this long, then this is one of the books you want to read.
I would read some of the chapter over and over again, just like a magazine article.