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New Yorkers as Seen by Magnum Photographers
     

New Yorkers as Seen by Magnum Photographers

by Max Kozloff (Editor), Magnum Photographers (Photographer)
 
Differing from other photo books about New York, New Yorkers: As Seen by Magnum Photographers introduces a gallery of eye-catching, untamed images of the metropolis taken by members of the renowned Magnum photo agency. Known for their spirit of independence, these photographers proffer droll, enigmatic, melancholic, enchanting, perhaps even

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Differing from other photo books about New York, New Yorkers: As Seen by Magnum Photographers introduces a gallery of eye-catching, untamed images of the metropolis taken by members of the renowned Magnum photo agency. Known for their spirit of independence, these photographers proffer droll, enigmatic, melancholic, enchanting, perhaps even effervescent scenes of the world’s most well known city, often combining these disparate sensibilities together, against great odds, in a single image. For these pictures to have been on target, they had to be off-kilter—as charged with contradiction and nuance as the reality of their subjects.

The photographers in this book come from many countries and, armed with a wide range of purposes, are united only by their membership in Magnum Photos. Though best known for reportage of global wars and crises, they have created a New York archive of great magnitude documenting the last sixty years of New York’s—and Magnum’s—history. Of the more than one hundred and fifty photographs in New Yorkers, only a fraction have ever been published.

Leafing through New Yorkers, edited by the acclaimed art critic Max Kozloff, is like walking the streets of New York City, beguiled by its implausible and mixed energies, renewed at each turn of a corner. Throughout the city’s sidewalks, bars, subways, rooftops, bridges, street corners, diners, barbershops, boardwalks, and empty lots, and inside its ball games, parks, protests, parades, society events, and myriad trade districts, these photographers have roamed freely, snapping its denizens with a realism that smarts and a wit that sparkles, featuring never-before-seen work by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Inge Morath, Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Davidson, Leonard Freed, Raymond Depardon, Eve Arnold, Dennis Stock, Ferdinando Scianna, Richard Kalvar, Burt Glinn, Eli Reed, René Burri, Susan Meiselas, and more.

New Yorkers: As Seen by Magnum Photographers emphasizes the color work of the Magnum photographers, much of it surprisingly early, and contains an essay by Kozloff, who tackles his offbeat selection with relish.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Magnum group was established in 1947 by Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, Robert Capa and David Seymour-major photographers who were committed to freedom of expression and, correspondingly, to retaining copyright to their work. The group remains a peer-selected consortium that over the years has included Werner Bischof, Bruce Davidson, Susan Meiselas and Lise Sarfati. Former Artforum editor Kozloff (New York: Capital of Photography) has selected 110 duotone and 42 four-color photos representing the group over time-and the city-dwellers who have proved such an inspiration to them. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The Magnum Photos agency has always been known for retaining its independent voice in an increasingly homogenized world of media conglomerates. Its photographers' work is shaped by their mission to "represent history through the lens of personal experience," as the web site states, and their photos often merge a multitude of emotions in a single image. They can be stark and lush, happy and sad at once. When Magnum photographers document as dizzying a place as New York City, one can only wonder what the results will be. How will they capture one of the most visually recognizable cities in the world? Art critic Kozloff mines 60 years' worth of work to present us with this innovative collection of photographs. This book has the ability to elicit a different emotion from a reader with each turn of the page, and one would be hard pressed not to want to view the entire book upon first picking it up. It is indeed that visually captivating. This selection of 42 color and 143 duotone images is highly recommended for public and academic libraries with photography collections.-Sheila Devaney, Univ. of Georgia Libs., Athens Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781576871850
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.82(d)

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