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  • Published: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409002642
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

Magnum

Fifty Years at the Front Line of History




'The best account of the reality of photo-journalism I have ever read. . An ultra-enjoyable book. . . sheer delight. ' John Simpson, Daily Telegraph.

Thsi book is a biography of Magnum, told largely in the words of its photographers. It offers a unique perspective on half a century of world history from an extraordinary group of men and women who were front line witnesses at virtually every major event in the last fifty years. Wars, famines, natural disasters, social, political and environmental crises - Magnum photographers were there. They have been acute observers of the human condition, photographing the richest people in the world, the poorest, the least known and the most celebrated, from Marilyn Monroe to Che Guevara, JFK to Nelson Mandela, Picasso to Krushchev. This is a multi-layered story. At one level, it tells how a small group of photographrs - among them Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger - came together, established and nurtured a co-operative photographic agency that has survived against all the odds to become the most famous in the world. At a secondary level, it is the richly anecdotal story of the photographers themselves, their adventures around the world and their feelings about, and reactions to, their assignments.

  • Pub date: 1 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409002642
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 336

About the Author

Russell Miller

Born in East London, Russell Miller began his career in journalism at the age of 16. While under contract to the Sunday Times magazine, he won four press awards and was voted Writer of the Year by the Society of British Magazine Editors. He is the author of eleven previous books, including the widely acclaimed Nothing Less than Victory, the acclaimed history of the legendary Magnum photo agency Magnum: Fifty Years at the Frontline of History and Codename Tricycle: The True Story of the Second World War's Most Extraordinary Double Agent.

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Praise for Magnum

“This fascinating book...reminds us that photography is still the dominant visual art of our time”

Murray Sayle, Mail on Sunday

“A cleverly constructed book - a labour of love”

Phillip Knightley, Guardian

“Fascinating”

Brian Case, Time Out

“The best account of the reality of photo-journalism I have ever read. His description of his characters has the sharpness and insight of a first-rate photograph...An ultra-enjoyable book...it is sheer delight”

John Simpson, Daily Telegraph


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