Magnum Contact Sheets by Kristen Lubben

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More than 120 contact sheets selected by some seventy Magnum photographers or their estates: a definitive book on how the best photographs are created and edited.

Contact sheets unveil the story of what went into a photograph. Was it the outcome of what a photographer had in mind from the outset? Did it emerge from a diligently worked sequence? Was the right shot a matter of being in the right place at the right time? Here, for the first time, are the best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. They reveal the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes used by some of the acknowledged greats of photography, from legends such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt to Magnum’s latest generation, including Jonas Bendiksen, Trent Parke, and Alec Soth.

Events, places, and people from over seventy years of history are contained in Magnum’s contact sheets, including the Normandy landings by Robert Capa, Che Guevara by Rene´ Burri, the Paris riots of 1968 by Bruno Barbey, Malcolm X by Eve Arnold, and New York street scenes by Bruce Gilden.

With supporting texts by the photographers or by those selected by the estates of deceased Magnum members, and ancillary material such as press cards, notebooks, and filed captions, this landmark publication provides a depth of understanding and a critical analysis of the backstory to a photograph. 250 full-color and 200 black-and-white photographs

About Kristen Lubben

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Kristen Lubben is the Associate Curator at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her books include Susan Meiselas: In History, Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon, and Magnum Contact Sheets.
Published November 14, 2011 by Thames & Hudson. 508 pages
Genres: History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Hundreds of raw images from some 70 photographers are included in this compilation.

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Single gestures could show a world falling apart, or undergoing a tectonic shift: a demonstrator photographed by Bruno Barbey in Paris in 1968 hurls a rock with the elegant energy of a bowler in a cricket game, a hallooing punk photographed in 1989 by Raymond Depardon rides the suddenly permeable...

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Because you have to dig for this out-of-print volume, but it's worth every history-making image.

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