Magnum Revolution by Jon Lee Anderson
65 Years of Fighting for Freedom

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Magnum Revolution is a testament to the age of great photojournalism but it may also become a kind of requiem for that same age.


The history of revolution is as old as humanity; yet it is only since the invention of photography that we have been able to discern the realities of these conflicts from the distance of time. Starting with the Hungarian uprising in 1956 and culminating with the most recent triumphs and tragedies of the "Arab Spring," this book brings together hundreds of color and black-and-white images that depict historic events from a human perspective. Iconic images from revolutions in Prague, Nicaragua, Tiananmen Square, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and other locations are introduced in double-page spreads featuring the images of Magnum photographers such as Raymond Depardon, Burt Glinn, René Burri, Josef Koudelka, Susan Meiselas, and many more. Introduced by renowned New Yorker journalist Jon Lee Anderson, and featuring texts and interviews by Paul Watson, this uplifting and important book offers, for the first time, a collective understanding of the universal dream of freedom and the inevitability of change.

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Jon Lee Anderson (born January 15, 1957) is a biographer, author, international investigative reporter, and staff writer for The New Yorker, reporting from war zone locales such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda, Israel, El Salvador, Ireland, Lebanon, Iran, and throughout the Middle East. Anderson has also written for The New York Times, Harper's, Life, and The Nation. Anderson is renowned for his numerous profiles of political leaders, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Augusto Pinochet. Anderson is also the author of the best-selling and definitive 800 + page biography of the iconic Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. Entitled Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, it was first published in 1997. While researching the book in Bolivia, he discovered the hidden location of Guevara's burial from where his skeletal remains were exhumed in 1997 and returned to Cuba. Canadian journalist Paul Watson has been covering world events and wars for nearly two decades. While at the "Toronto Star" he earned several National Newspaper awards for social and cultural reporting. Watson earned international acclaim and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Paul Watson is currently the South Asia bureau chief for "The Los Angeles Times," covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Iraq. "From the Hardcover edition.
Published October 25, 2012 by Prestel USA. 256 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Sean O'Hagan on Nov 10 2012

Magnum Revolution is a testament to the age of great photojournalism but it may also become a kind of requiem for that same age.

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