|Founder||Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, William Vandivert, Rita Vandivert, Maria Eisner|
|Headquarters||New York City, Paris, London, Tokyo|
|Products||Photojournalism, stock photography|
Magnum Photos is an international photographic cooperative owned by its photographer-members, with offices in New York City, Paris, London and Tokyo. According to co-founder Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually."
Founding of agency
Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert (all photographers), Rita Vandivert and Maria Eisner were the founding members of Magnum in Paris in 1947, based on an idea of Capa's. Seymour, Cartier-Bresson and Rodger were all absent from the meeting at which it was founded. (In response to a letter telling him that he was a member, Rodger wrote that Magnum seemed a good idea but, "It all sounded too halcyon to be true," when Capa had told him of it and, "I rather dismissed the whole thing from my mind".) Rita Vandivert was the first President, and head of the New York office; Maria Eisner the head of the Paris office. The plan was for Rodger to cover Africa and the Middle East; Cartier-Bresson to cover south and east Asia; Seymour and William Vandivert to cover Europe and the United States, respectively; and Capa to be free to follow his curiosity and events.
Magnum is one of the first photographic cooperatives, owned and administered entirely by members. The staff serve a support role for the photographers, who retain all copyrights to their own work.
The Magnum cooperative has included photojournalists from across the world, who have covered many historical events of the 20th century. The cooperative's archive includes photographs depicting family life, drugs, religion, war, poverty, famine, crime, government and celebrities. Magnum In Motion is the multimedia offshoot of Magnum Photos and is based in New York City.
Although it has been asserted that the name "Magnum" was chosen because the founding members always drank a bottle of champagne during the first meetings, Russell Miller writes:
It was . . . presumably agreed by those present [at the first meeting] that Magnum was a fine new name for such a bold new venture, indicative as it was of greatness in its literal Latin translation, toughness in its gun connotation and celebration in its champagne mode.
Elections of new members
In the early years of Magnum, membership had generally come about by the personal invitation of Robert Capa. However, in 1955 a three-stage membership system was set up that continues to this day and is described below. Until 1953 there were also a large number of stringers who used Magnum but were not members.
Magnum's photographers meet once a year, during the last weekend in June, in New York, Paris or London, to discuss the cooperative's business. One day of the meeting is reserved to review potential new members' portfolios and vote on admitting individuals. An approved applicant is invited to become a 'Nominee Member' of Magnum, a category of membership that provides a chance for members and the individual to get to know each other, but that includes no binding commitments on either side.
After two years of Nominee membership, a photographer may present another portfolio if wanting to apply for 'Associate Membership'. If successful, the photographer is bound by the rules of the agency, and enjoys its facilities and worldwide representation. The difference between an Associate Member and a full Member is that an Associate is not a Director of the Company and does not have voting rights in the corporate decision-making. After two more years, an Associate wanting to be considered for full membership presents another portfolio of work for consideration by the members. Once elected as a full member, the individual is a member of Magnum for life or for as long as the photographer chooses.
No member photographer of Magnum has ever been asked to leave.
In February 2010, Magnum announced that Michael Dell's venture capital firm MSD Capital had acquired a collection of nearly 200,000 original press prints of images taken by Magnum photographers. It had formed a partnership with the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin to preserve, catalog, and make photographs available to the general public. In September 2013 it was announced MSD Capital donated the collection to the Ransom Center. A preliminary inventory is available for researchers who wish to use the collection.
Graduate Photographers Award
|Abbas Attar||Iran||Active (full Member)||1981–||Member from 1985|
|Christopher Anderson||United States||Active (full Member)||2005–||Nominee from 2005; Full Member from 2010|
|Ansel Adams||United States||Deceased||Nonmember correspondent 1956–|
|Eve Arnold||United States||Deceased||1951–||Associate Member from 1951; Member from 1957 First female Member.|
|Olivia Arthur||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||2008–||Nominee from 2008|
|Micha Bar-Am||Israel||Active (Correspondent)||1968–||Correspondent from 1968|
|Bruno Barbey||Morocco||Active (full Member)||1964–||Member from 1968.|
|Jonas Bendiksen||Norway||Active (full Member)||2004–||Nominee from 2004; Member from 2008|
|Ian Berry||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||1967–||Member from 1962.|
|Werner Bischof||Switzerland||Deceased||1948–1954||Associate member from 1948, full member from 1949:454|
|Matt Black||United States||Active (Nominee)||2015–|
|Brian Brake||New Zealand||Withdrawn||1957–1966||Deceased|
|Michael Christopher Brown||United States||Active (Nominee)||2013–|
|René Burri||Switzerland||Deceased||1955–2014||Associate Member from 1955; Member from 1959|
|Cornell Capa||Hungary / United States||Deceased||1954–2008||Member from 1954; Brother of Robert|
|Robert Capa||Hungary / United States||Deceased||1947–1954||Founding member|
|Henri Cartier-Bresson||France||Deceased||1947–2004||Founding member; Contributor from 1966|
|Chien-Chi Chang||Taiwan||Active (full Member)||1995–||Member from 2001|
|Antoine D'Agata||France||Active (full Member)||2004–||Nominee from 2004; Member from 2008.|
|Bruce Davidson||United States||Active (full Member)||1956–||Member from 1959|
|Carl De Keyzer||Belgium||Active (full Member)||1990–||Member from 1994|
|Raymond Depardon||France||Active (full Member)||1978–||Associate Member from 1978; Member from 1979|
|Bieke Depoorter||Belgium||Active (full Member)||2012–|
|Carolyn Drake||United States||Active (Nominee)||2015–|
|Thomas Dworzak||Germany||Active (full Member)||2004–||Nominee from 2000; member from 2004|
|Nikos Economopoulos||Greece||Active (full Member)||1990–||Member from 1994|
|Elliott Erwitt||France / United States||Active (full Member)||1953–||Member from 1954|
|Martine Franck||Belgium||Deceased||1980–2012||Member from 1983|
|Stuart Franklin||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||1985–||Member from 1990.|
|Leonard Freed||United States||Deceased||1956–2006||Member from 1972|
|Paul Fusco||United States||Active (full Member)||1974-||Member from 1974|
|Cristina García Rodero||Spain||Active (full Member)||2005–||Member from 2009|
|Jean Gaumy||France||Active (full Member)||1977–||Member from 1986|
|Bruce Gilden||United States||Active (full Member)||1998–||Member from 2002|
|Burt Glinn||United States||Deceased||1951–2008||Associate Member from 1951; Member from 1954|
|Mark Godfrey||United States||Withdrawn||1974–1981|
|Jim Goldberg||United States||Active (full Member)||2002–||Member from 2006|
|Philip Jones Griffiths||United Kingdom||Deceased||1966–2008||Associate Member from 1966; Member from 1971|
|Harry Gruyaert||Belgium||Active (full Member)||1981–||Member from 1986|
|Ernst Haas||Austria||Deceased||1950–1986||Contributor from 1966|
|Philippe Halsman||Russia (Latvia) / United States||Deceased||1951–||Contributing member from 1956|
|Hiroshi Hamaya||Japan||Deceased||1960–1999||Associate Member from 1960|
|Charles Harbutt||United States||Withdrawn||1964–1981|
|Erich Hartmann||Germany / United States||Deceased||1951–1999||Member from 1952|
|David Alan Harvey||United States||Active (full Member)||1993–||Member from 1997|
|Bob Henriques||United States||1957-1961 (circa)|
|Tim Hetherington||United Kingdom||Deceased||2011||Posthumous acceptance|
|Abigail Heyman||United States||Deceased||1970s;|
|Thomas Hoepker||Germany||Active (full Member)||1964–||Member from 1989|
|David Hurn||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||1965–||Associate Member from 1965; Member from 1967|
|Richard Kalvar||United States||Active (full Member)||1975–||Associate Member from 1975; Member from 1977.|
|Josef Koudelka||Czech Republic||Active (full Member)||1971–||Associate Member from 1971; Member from 1974.|
|Hiroji Kubota||Japan||Active (full Member)||1971–||Associate Member from 1971; Member from 1989.|
|Dorothea Lange||United States||Deceased||Nonmember correspondent 1956–|
|Sergio Larraín||Chile||Deceased||1959–2012||Associate Member from 1959; Member from 1961; Contributor from 1970|
|Russell Lee||United States||Deceased||Nonmember correspondent 1956–|
|Guy Le Querrec||France||Active (full Member)||1976–||Member from 1977.|
|Erich Lessing||Austria||Active (full Member)||1950–||Member from 1955; later Contributor|
|Herbert List||Germany||Deceased||Contributor 1951–1975|
|Paul Lowe||United Kingdom||Withdrawn|
|Danny Lyon||United States||Withdrawn||1966–1968|
|Alex Majoli||Italy||Active (full Member)||1996–||Member from 2001.|
|Constantine Manos||United States||Active (full Member)||1963–||Member from 1965.|
|Mary Ellen Mark||United States||Deceased||1977–1981|
|Diana Markosian||Armenia||Active (Nominee)||2016–||Nominee Member from 2016|
|Peter Marlow||United Kingdom||Deceased||1952–2016||Member from 1986 to his death in 2016.|
|Fred Mayer||Switzerland||Withdrawn||1967 - 2009|
|Don McCullin||United Kingdom||Withdrawn||1968–1969|
|Steve McCurry||United States||Active (full Member)||1986–||Member from 1986.|
|Susan Meiselas||United States||Active (full Member)||1976–||Member from 1980.|
|Lorenzo Meloni||Italy||Active (Nominee)||2015–|
|Wayne F. Miller||United States||Deceased||Nonmember correspondent 1956–1958; member 1958–2013||Member from 1958, later a contributor.|
|Inge Morath||Austria||Deceased||1953–2002||Member from 1955.|
|James Nachtwey||United States||Withdrawn||1986–2001|
|Trent Parke||Australia||Active (full Member)||2002–||Member from 2007.|
|Suzy Parker||United States||Deceased||According to John G. Morris, "Capa showed model Suzy Parker how to take pictures, and for a while she was listed as a Magnum photographer".|
|Martin Parr||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||1988–||Member from 1994.|
|Paolo Pellegrin||Italy||Active (full Member)||2001–||Nominee from 2001; Member from 2005.|
|Gilles Peress||France||Active (Contributor)||1970–||As of 2010, a Contributor.|
|Max Pinckers||Belgium||Active (Nominee)||2015–|
|Gueorgui Pinkhassov||Russia||Active (full Member)||1986–||Member from 1994.|
|Mark Power||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||2002–||Member from 2007.|
|Raghu Rai||India||Active (Correspondent)||1977–|
|Eli Reed||United States||Active (full Member)||1983–|
|Eugene Richards||United States||Withdrawn||1983–|
|Miguel Rio Branco||Brazil||Active (Correspondent)||1978–||Associate Member from 1980|
|George Rodger||United Kingdom||Deceased||1947–1995||Founding member; Contributor from 1970|
|Moises Saman||Spain||Active (Associate)||2010–|
|Alessandra Sanguinetti||United States / Argentina||Active (full Member)||2007–|
|Ferdinando Scianna||Italy||Active (full Member)||1982–||Member from 1989|
|Jérôme Sessini||France||Active (Nominee)||2012–|
|David Seymour||Poland, France, United States||Deceased||1947–1956||Founding member|
|Marilyn Silverstone||United States / Nepal||Deceased (Contributor)||1964–||Associate Member from 1964, Full Member from 1967, Contributor from 1975|
|W. Eugene Smith||United States||Withdrawn||1957–1958||Deceased|
|Jacob Aue Sobol||Denmark||Active (Associate)||2007–|
|Alec Soth||United States||Active (full Member)||2004–||Nominee from 2004; Member from 2008|
|Chris Steele-Perkins||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||1979–||Nominee from 1979; Associate Member from 1981; Member from 1983|
|Dennis Stock||United States||Deceased||1951–2009||Associate Member from 1951; Member from 1957|
|Zoe Strauss||United States||Active (Nominee)||2012–|
|Matt Stuart||United Kingdom||Active (Nominee)||2016–||Nominee Member from 2016|
|Mikhael Subotzky||South Africa||Active (Nominee)||2007–|
|Newsha Tavakolian||Iran||Active (Nominee)||2015–|
|Nicolas Tikhomiroff||Russia / France||Withdrawn||1959–|
|Larry Towell||Canada||Active (full Member)||1988–|
|Burk Uzzle||United States||Withdrawn||1967–1983||1979-1980 President|
|Peter van Agtmael||United States||Active (Full Member)||2008–||Member from 2013|
|William Vandivert||United States||Deceased||1947–1948||Founding member|
|John Vink||Belgium||Active (full Member)||1993–||Member from 1997|
|Alex Webb||United States||Active (full Member)||1976–|
|Donovan Wylie||United Kingdom||Active (full Member)||1992–||Member from 1997|
|Patrick Zachmann||France||Active (full Member)||1985–|
- America in Crisis. New York, NY: Ridge Press; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969. ISBN 9780030810206. Text by Mitchel Levitas, edited by Charles Harbutt and Lee Jones, photographs by Eve Arnold, Cornell Capa, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Burt Glinn, Philip Jones Griffiths, Charles Harbutt, Danny Lyon, Constantine Manos, Donald McCullin, Dennis Stock, Mary Ellen Mark and possibly others.
- In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers. New York; London: W W Norton & Co Inc, 1989. ISBN 0-393-02767-8. By William Manchester. With essays by Manchester ("Images: a Wide Angle"), Jean Lacouture ("The Founders") and Fred Ritchin ("What is Magnum?"), and "Biographical Notes and Selected Bibliographies" and "Bibliography and Chronology of Magnum" by Stuart Alexander.
- Magnum Landscape. London: Phaidon, 1996. With a foreword by Ian Jeffrey and texts by Henri Peretz, "The Phenomenon of Landscape" and "Chronology of Landscape Photography".
- Hardback, 1996.
- Paperback, 2005. ISBN 0-7148-4522-1.
- Magnum: Fifty Years at the Front Line of History by Russell Miller. New York, NY: Grove Press, 1999. ISBN 0-8021-3653-2.
- magnum°. London: Phaidon, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7148-4356-8. Text by Michael Ignatieff, design by Julia Hasting.
- Magnum Stories by Chris Boot. London: Phaidon, 2004. ISBN 0-7148-4245-1.
- Our World In Focus. London: Trolley Books, 2004. ISBN 1-904563-22-8.
- Pop Sixties by Magnum Photos. New York, NY: Abrams, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8109-9526-0.
- Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World, edited by Steven Hoelscher. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0-292-74843-9.
- Magnum Official Website
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- Die Leica-Geschichte, TV-Documentary, can be viewed here (YouTube).
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- Randy Kennedy (2010-02-01). "News Photos, on the Move, Make News". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
- Press Release (2010-02-02). "Historic Photo Print Archive, Featuring Iconic 20th Century Images, Has New Owner and Home". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
- Gerald Rich (2010-02-04). "UT Receives Historical Treasure: Harry Ransom Center acquires 20th-century photography archive". The Daily Texan. Retrieved 2010-02-09.
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- Harry Ransom Center. "Magnum Photos, Inc.: A Preliminary Inventory of Its Collection in the Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center". University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
- Graduate Photographers Award 2015 - Magnum Photos Event
- "Abbas", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Christopher Anderson", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- Chronology, Magnum Photos (London: Thames & Hudson, 2008; ISBN 978-0-500-41094-3), not paginated.
- "Burt Glinn", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Eve Arnold", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Olivia Arthur", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-17.
- "Micha Bar-Am", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Bruno Barbey", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-18.
- "Jonas Bendiksen", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "", Magnum Photos.
- Manchester, William (1989). In Our Time: The World as Seen by Magnum Photographers. W W Norton & Co Inc. ISBN 0-393-02767-8.
- "Werner Bischof", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-18.
- "Magnum announces latest nominees". British Journal of Photography. Apptitude Media. 162 (7839): 7. 2015.
- "Rene Burri", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Cornell Capa", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-18.
- "Chien-Chi Chang", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Antoine D'Agata", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Bruce Davidson", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Carl De Keyzer", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Raymond Depardon", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Magnum Photos Photographer Profile". pro.magnumphotos.com. Retrieved 2016-09-03.
- "Thomas Dworzak", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Nikos Economopoulos", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Elliott Erwitt", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Martine Franck", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Stuart Franklin", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Leonard Freed", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Cristina García Rodero", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Jean Gaumy", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Bruce Gilden", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Burt Glinn", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Jim Goldberg", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-19.
- "Philip Jones Griffiths", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Harry Gruyaert", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-21.
- "Philippe Halsman", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-21.
- Amanda Hopkinson (1999-03-26). "Have camera, will travel". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
- "Erich Hartmann", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-21.
- "David Alan Harvey", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-21.
- "Thomas Hoepker", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-21.
- "David Hurn", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-21.
- "David Hurn", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Richard Kalvar", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-14.
- "Josef Koudelka", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-14.
- "Hiroji Kubota", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-14.
- "Hiroji Kubota", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-14.
- "Sergio Larrain", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-14.
- "Guy Le Querrec", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-17.
- "Erich Lessing", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-17.
- "Erich Lessing", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Herbert List", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-21.
- "Alex Majoli", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-21.
- "Constantine Manos", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-02-21.
- Bainbridge, Simon (27 June 2016). "Magnum Photos announces two new nominee members following its 69th AGM". British Journal of Photography. Apptitude Media Ltd. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- "Peter Marlow", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Steve McCurry", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Susan Meiselas", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-07.
- "Wayne Miller", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-07.
- "Inge Morath", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-07.
- "Trent Parke", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-20
- Staff writers (2011-04-19). "The photographic collection of John G Morris". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-04-03.
- "Martin Parr", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-20
- "Paolo Pellegrin", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-20
- "Gilles Peress", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-20
- "Gueorgui Pinkhassov", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-20
- "Mark Power", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-03-20
- "Miguel Rio Branco", Magnum Photos. 16 January 2009.
- "Ferdinando Scianna", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- Magnum Photos Announces 3 Nominees, PDN Online. July 2012.
- "Marilyn Silverstone", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- Shadow and Substance (McGraw-Hill, 1989), p. 397: "'I think it will be more interesting, and more profitable - with more work used, and uniquely used.' That was the positive view. The negative aspect is found in a draft for a letter to Magnum in which Gene tried to respond to a recent decision by Magnum's members to censure him: 'I stand thoroughly censured, I'm broke, desperate, tired - however, the censure is right, I am guilty. I trust that the photographers of Magnum are willing to stand on their public records. I trust that the photographers of Magnum are willing that I publicly evaluate them accordingly as they have achieved. I am not interested in their excuses accordingly to their private confessions. Their blames, including Smith, will not be of my concern.'"
- Shadow and Substance, p. 398.
- "Alec Soth", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- Miller, Magnum, p,268.
- "Dennis Stock", Magnum Photos. Accessed 2010-01-16.
- "Peter van Agtmael: American/Dutch, b. 1981". Magnum Photos. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- Murg, Stephanie (9 July 2013). "Magnum Photos Adds Olivia Arthur and Peter van Agtmael as Full Members". Adweek. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
- Miller, Magnum, pp. 49–51.
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