Magnum Contact Sheets

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“Offers unique insight into the working progress of the celebrated agency’s photographers over the past seven decades—their approach to taking and editing their pictures as well as their idiosyncratic relationships with the contact sheet.” —TIME
Available for the first time in a compact edition, this groundbreaking book presents a remarkable selection of contact sheets and ancillary material, revealing for the first time how the most celebrated Magnum photographers capture and edit the very best shots. Addressing...

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Overview

“Offers unique insight into the working progress of the celebrated agency’s photographers over the past seven decades—their approach to taking and editing their pictures as well as their idiosyncratic relationships with the contact sheet.” —TIME
Available for the first time in a compact edition, this groundbreaking book presents a remarkable selection of contact sheets and ancillary material, revealing for the first time how the most celebrated Magnum photographers capture and edit the very best shots. Addressing key questions of photographic practice, the book illuminates the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes behind some of the world’s most iconic images.
Featured are 139 contact sheets from sixty-nine photographers, as well as zoom-in details, selected photographs, press cards, notebooks, and spreads from contemporary publications including Life magazine and Picture Post. Further insight into each contact sheet is provided by texts written by the photographers themselves or by experts chosen by the members’ estates. Many of the acknowledged greats of photography are featured, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, and Inge Morath, as well as such members of Magnum’s latest generation as Jonas Bendiksen, Alessandra Sanguinetti, and Alec Soth. The contact sheets cover over seventy years of history, from Robert Capa's Normandy landings and the Paris riots of 1968 via Bruno Barbey, to images of Che Geuvara by René Burri, Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, and portraits of classic New Yorkers by Bruce Gilden.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
“. . .a magnificent compendium of raw images from the photography cooperative.”
Arts and Antiques
“A rare revelation.”
NY City Official City Guide
“Through these fascinating and usually private images, the exhibition celebrates what and how photographers saw for nearly a century. Coinciding with the publication of Magnum Contact Sheets (Thames & Hudson), edited by ICP Curator Kristen Lubben, the exhibition includes a selection of some of the 139 contact sheets in the book.”
Art+Auction
“This 500-page volume provides a peek at the process behind these photos, showing the shots taken before and after each standout and letting the photographers tell how they made their choices.”
Time Magazine
“[This book]…offers unique insight into the working progress of the celebrated agency’s photographers over the past seven decades—their approach to taking and editing their pictures as well as their idiosyncratic relationships with the contact sheet.”
The New York Times Book Review
“…a magnificent compendium of raw images from the photography cooperative.”
Complex's Art + Design
“Gives unprecedented access into the creative process of some of the world’s greatest photographers.”
Jennifer Schuessler
…a magnificent compendium of raw images from the photography cooperative…Lubben's book, which reproduces over 120 contact sheets from some 70 photographers, provides plenty for the technically minded to ponder. For more casual readers paging through without a loupe in hand, it brims with fascinating context.
—The New York Times Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500543993
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 11/14/2011
  • Pages: 508
  • Sales rank: 1,052,937
  • Product dimensions: 11.50 (w) x 13.80 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristen Lubben is the Associate Curator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her previous books include Susan Meiselas: In History and Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon.

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