Magnum Degrees

Magnum Degrees

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by Michael Ignatieff
     
 

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In taking the temperature of the world's political and social climate, the photographers of magnum offer us a vision of the world at the beginning of the new millennium. On the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary group, Magnum photo agency again addresses the world in an album of stunning contemporary photography from around the globe.

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In taking the temperature of the world's political and social climate, the photographers of magnum offer us a vision of the world at the beginning of the new millennium. On the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary group, Magnum photo agency again addresses the world in an album of stunning contemporary photography from around the globe.

The period following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has seen the triumph of American capitalism at one extreme and the resurgence of ancient blood feuds at the other. In this major work, Magnum locate individual points of human experience north, south, east and west, and engage with the thrust of human history in different degrees, some photographers tackling dramatic events head-on in the traditional manner of the concerned photographer, others choosing subjects and aesthetic viewpoints which are entirely personal. The book is built around photo-essays and texts selected by photographers ranging from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Magnum's newest recruits. Many images have not previously been published.

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Founded in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and other eminent photographers, Magnum is an agency of elected photojournalists who independently photograph what they choose rather than what they are assigned. Arguably the best of their profession, their images can have a lasting impact on viewers, often combining a moment in history with carefully honed artistic detail. Compiled in conjunction with a worldwide tour, this hefty exhibition catalog contains over 600 color and black-and-white photographs by 69 Magnum photographers, including original contributions from Cartier-Bresson. Throughout, these images attempt to make sense of today's complex globalization while graphically portraying the suffering, devastation, and revolutions of the last decade, beginning with the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. More universal experiences are represented as well. Brief comments by the photographers summarize their perceptions, and historian Michael Ignatieff's introduction nicely frames the clear images--though the tiny orange print may annoy some readers. Recommended for general collections.--Joan Levin, MLS, Chicago Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

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ISBN-13:
9780714838212
Publisher:
Phaidon Press
Publication date:
12/28/1999
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
10.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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