61 Magnum photographers. Edited and with an introduction by Chris Boot.
Phaidon, London, 2004. 512 pp., 235 color ad 545 black-and-white illustrations, 10¾x10¾".
A quick read of the table of contents of Magnum Stories
is a bit overwhelming and exciting at the same time. 61
photographers are the subjects; from Abbas to Erwitt to
Koudelka to Towell, the names on this list are synonymous
with exemplary photographic storytelling. Most of the
figures are well-known, but one of the more exciting
aspects of the book is the chance to learn about some of
the more unfamiliar photographers. The book follows a set
format: a single photo story of their choice is accompanied
by newly commissioned texts and a portrait of each
photographer. The result is a survey of some of the most
sophisticated imagery and stories of the 20th century.
Burt Glinn's reminiscences about both Fidel Castro and
the 1956 war in Israel, Leonard Freed's in-depth story on
New York City's corruption-riddled police force in the
early 1970s, David Alan Harvey's fantastic color work from
Brazil, and Cartier-Bresson's iconic photos of Gandhi all
merge together in these pages to form a magnificent
compendium of documentary photography at its best.
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