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Magnum Photobook

Fred Ritchin and Carole Naggar

Magnum is undoubtedly the most famous photography agency in the world. This coop founded in 1947 by three “C” - Capa, Chim, Cartier-Bresson -, and an “R” (George Rodger) made a name for itself in every field, with important reports for Life, Paris Match or Stern. Its members also published books of which we find here the first complete list. From Death in the Making by Robert Capa on the Spanish Civil War (1938) to Libyan Sugar (2016), the report by Michael Christopher Brown on the fall of Kadhafi, one leafs through a mostly macabre world, one in which wars succeed one another – be it Korea, Vietnam with Philip Jones Griffiths, and the Gulf war, etc.; followed by genocides, such as the ones in Cambodia, in Guatemala, and in Rwanda; revolutions, the one in Nicaragua with Susan Meiselas or the Arab spring; and environmental catastrophes like Minamata with Eugene W. Smith. We also look at prisons with Danny Lyon, poverty, famine, and draught. But we also discover very personal impressions on the Mennonite community with Larry Towell, on kitsch with Martin Parr, that of a mythical town like Valparaiso with Sergio Larrain or President Kennedy’s last trip: 8 hours in one of the 22 train cars that transported his coffin, with Paul Fusco.

Magnum Photobook (in English), by Fred Ritchin and Carole Naggar, Phaidon, 272 p., €69.95.

Magnum Photobook - Fred Ritchin and Carole Naggar

Review published in the newsletter #472 - from 11 May 2017 to 17 May 2017

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