Reading Magnum : a visual archive of the modern world

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CLP - Main Library Second Floor Oversize q TR655.R388 2013
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The Magnum Photos archive--a collection of more than 200,000 photographs by some of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries' greatest image makers--is the most comprehensive accumulation of prints made by the distinguished photo cooperative. Consistently and with striking artistry, Magnum's photographers have done more than simply document the far reaches of the globe; they have helped shape generations' understanding of the world around them. While many of its photographs have been widely published, until now no one has examined the Magnum archive itself. In Reading Magnum, experts from several fields investigate this visual archive, now residing at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, to discover how a select, influential group of visual authors has used the camera for an ambitious project of cultural interpretation and social commentary.

The chapters in Reading Magnum are devoted to themes generated by a close reading of the archive--war and conflict, portraiture, geography, cultural life, social relations, and globalization. These themes are further developed by evocative portfolios of images, which suggest something of the depth and range of the photo agency, and by tracing the trajectory of several iconic images from annotated press print to distribution to eventual publication. Volume editor Steven Hoelscher provides an overview of the Magnum enterprise, and Alison Nordström offers an appreciation of the Magnum archive as a material record of information about the making and disseminating of photographs that is being lost as images on paper are replaced by images on screen. As a whole, the book's unique reading of the Magnum archive reveals patterns of intention, aesthetic vision, and political perspective that become legible only by viewing both the physical objects and the recorded images that constitute this remarkable collection.

Decisive moments and caustic comments : reading the Magnum archive / Steven Hoelscher
On becoming an archive / Alison Nordström
War and conflict through Magnum's eyes / Barbie Zelizer
The face redrawn : Magnum portraits / Frank H. Goodyear III
Magnum's geographies : toward a progressive sense of place / Steven Hoelscher
Hollywood stars, high-paid llamas, and car shows : Magnum's cultural project / Erika Doss
Seeing the stranger in the mirror : everyday life in Magnum's public world / Robert Hariman
Magnum's global enterprise / Liam Kennedy.

Additional Information
Series Harry Ransom Center photography series.
Subjects Magnum Photos.
Harry Ransom Center -- Photograph collections.
Photography, Artistic.
Publisher Austin :2013
Edition First edition.
Contributors Hoelscher, Steven D., editor, author.
Magnum Photos, contributor.
Harry Ransom Center, contributor.
Language English
Notes Includes photographs selected from the Magnum archive at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin with accompanying essays.
Description vii, 343 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780292748439 (hardcover)
0292748434 (hardcover)
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