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Magnum Photos

Updated: Sep 17, 2020



Magnum was founded in Paris in 1947 by Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and William Vandivert (all photographers), Rita Vandivert and Maria Eisner, based on an idea of Capa's.

“There's no standard way of approaching a story. We have to evoke a situation, a truth. This is the poetry of life's reality,” Henri Cartier-Bresson

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 Magazine


The online magazine is is a great place to catch up the latest trend in art and culture, including cinema, art, film and society. It also provides thought leadership on theory and practice, with a variety of case studies and discussions by leading photo journalists.



Magnum also has a range of tools for photographers seeking to advance their craft. This includes online courses on topics, such as story telling and street photography; online workshops on a range of topics delivered by leading photographers, as well one-to-one portfolio review by an expert photographer.


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