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By (author) Michael Ignatieff

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Here the photographers of Magnum, 50 years after the legendary group began its documentary mission, address the world following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989; a period which has seen the triumph of US capitalism at one extreme and the resurgence of ancient blood feuds at the other. The book is built around photo-essays selected and introduced by the photographers, many shot especially for the book. From Henri Cartier-Bresson to Magnum's newest recruits, each photographer navigates the issues of history in their own way - some tackling the dramatic changes in the world head-on in the traditional manner of the "concerned photographer", others choosing subjects and aesthetic viewpoints which are entirely personal. The result is an album of contemporary photography about the world today. "Magnum" is introduced by historian, broadcaster and cultural commentator Michael Ignatieff, linking the substance and pace of change in the post-Cold-war world with the historic role of the Magnum witness and image-maker. This is a book about history and humanity, journalism and art, and revealing the photographers of Magnum entering a new era.

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  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 246.38 x 248.92 x 50.8mm | 2,630.82g
  • 18 Dec 2003
  • Phaidon Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 175 colour 345duotone photos
  • 0714843563
  • 9780714843568
  • 281,288

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Historian, broadcaster and cultural commentator, Michael Ignatieff was born in Canada. He studied at Upper Canada College and Trinity College in Toronto, and at the universities of Harvard and Cambridge. Ignatieff's best-known books include The Russian Album (1988), the Booker Prize-nominated novel ScarTissue (1993), The Warrior's Honour (1999) and the acclaimed biography Isaiah Berlin: A Life (2000). Ignatieff is currently Director of the Carr Centre of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

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"The sheer power is breathtaking ... heartbreakingly beautiful" The Independent "an excellent-value paperback ... photographers here document even the worst world events of the past decade while affirming the genre's vitality, importance and subliminal optimism. This rich, lucid book, rushing from colour to black and white, from American beach beauties to Beijing hunger strikers, is underlined by deep social and political purpose." Financial Times "the Magnum agency has provided house-room for a stream of some of the greatest photojournalists of our time, and this book ... provides ample proof ... a masterpiece pretty much everywhere you look" The Guardian "Sometimes disturbing but always excellent, these offer a pictorial account of the last 50 years of the 20th century." The Sunday Tribune "The book, which overflows with photographs and includes only the briefest amount of text, is arranged thematically to effectively highlight the wide scope of images even within a narrow field. ... Taken together, the thousand or so photos here capture the often surprising, always complex nature of humanity and do justice to the agency founders' original intention to "document the world as it really is." Amazon.com Review "this hefty exhibition catalog contains over 600 color and black-and-white photographs by 69 Magnum photographers, including original contributions from Cartier-Bresson. ... Recommended for general collections." Joan Levin, MLS

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