Magnum by Russell Miller
Fifty Years at the Front Line of History

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This book is a biography of Magnum, told largely in the words of its photographers. It offers a unique perspective on half a century of world history from an extraordinary group of men and women who were front line witnesses at virtually every major event in the last fifty years. Wars, famines, natural disasters, social, political and environmental crises - Magnum photographers were there. They have been acute observers of the human condition, photographing the richest people in the world, the poorest, the least known and the most celebrated, from Marilyn Monroe to Che Guevara, JFK to Nelson Mandela, Picasso to Krushchev. This is a multi-layered story. At one level, it tells how a small group of photographrs - among them Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger - came together, established and nurtured a co-operative photographic agency that has survived against all the odds to become the most famous in the world. At a secondary level, it is the richly anecdotal story of the photographers themselves, their adventures around the world and their feelings about, and reactions to, their assignments.

About Russell Miller

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Russell Miller was born in east London and began his career in journalism at the age of 16. While under contract to the" Sunday Times" magazine, he won four press awards and was voted Writer of the Year by the Society of British magazine Editors. He is the author of eleven previous books, most recently an acclaimed history of the legendary Magnum photo agency.
Published August 3, 2010 by Vintage Digital. 335 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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—Even those members who have decided to resign,— Miller writes, —almost invariably leave with some smatterings of regret.— Miller debunks lingering myths about the agency and provides an entertaining account of the mesh and fray of personalities associated with it.

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Magnum Magnum, edited by Brigitte Lardinois, Thames & Hudson, £95, pp568.

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