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Magnum Magnum, Portrait of Magnum at Its 60th Anniversary

Lardinois, Brigitte (2007) Magnum Magnum, Portrait of Magnum at Its 60th Anniversary. Thames and Hudson. ISBN 9780500543429

Type of Research: Book
Creators: Lardinois, Brigitte

The publication of Magnum, Magnum marked 60 years of Magnum’s history. Lardionis was the editor and compiler of the volume and at the start of the project, conducted extensive background research. The foreword was written by Gerry Badger with Lardinois contributing a critical text, compiling the biographies of the 69 photographers together with the inventory of Magnum’s published books and, with Martin Parr she oversaw the layout.

Martin Parr originated the idea of asking every Magnum photographer to choose six significant photographs from another Magnum photographer’s images and explain the selection. Lardinois researched the logistics of this proposition, worked directly with the photographers and led the process through to completion. This activity created insights into what constitutes Magnum together with understanding of the selection and editing process itself. All of the living photographers participated and collaborated with a colleague or a photographer’s estate.

The large format of the volume enabled many photographs to be printed life-size in the form of an ‘exhibition that could be viewed at home.’

Lardinois’ critical text analysed how the agency was formed, its subsequent development, photographers’ attitudes towards the nature of being a ‘Magnum photographer’ and its 60 years survival as a cooperative. The photographers included Susan Meiselas (selected by Jim Golberg), Donovan Wylie (selected by Trent Parke), Elliott Erwitt (selected by Ferdinando Scianna) and Henri Cartier-Bresson (selected by Eve Arnold).

The Sunday Times previewed the publication on 15 April 2007 and the book was also published in German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Japanese and Korean.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RAE2008 UoA63
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Thames and Hudson
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Date: 2007
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 22:26
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2011 14:25
Item ID: 1655
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1655

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