From Robert Capa's D-Day to Gilles Peress Telex Iran to anonymous and never seen before series, this outstanding book published for the current exhibition Magnum Analog Recovery proposes an original and non official walk through the first 30 years of the Magnum Agency. In a large stiff cardboard binder reminiscent of the archive boxes where the photos were found, iconic pictures from the 20th century mix with unknown images from Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eve Arnold, René Burri, Elliott Erwitt, Alex Webb and Gilles Peress.
Far from a traditional exhibition catalogue, this outstanding book-object overlaps unique images, posters of various sizes and gorgeous black & white series. A game between what is given to see and what is hidden is slowly revealed to the reader through the folding and unfolding of all the posters and images. Texts and quotes from photographers (notes, letters, excerpts from correspondence and interviews,...) punctuate the sequence and evoke the complexity of all the different approaches within the agency's photographers.
Magnum Analog Recovery is a jump in time and a walk through the golden age of the iconic agency that defined the genre of the documentary photography.
Some light rubbing, otherwise as new.
Video courtesy of Le Bal.