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Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Contact Sheets

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When you consider that the majority of this book is full pages of contact sheets or enlargements of individual images then it really isn’t so scary. Today even film shooters rarely if ever get to the contact sheet stage, preferring to simply scan their selects. Presenting a remarkable selection of contact sheets and related material by 67 Magnum photographers, Magnum Contact Sheets lays bare the creative methods, strategies and editing processes behind some of the world’s most iconic images — was the final image a set-up, or a serendipitous encounter; did the photographer work to extract the potential from a situation, or was it the fabled ‘decisive moment’?

Despite other comments to the contrary, my copy arrived in perfect condition and it's only protection was a small amount of brown paper around the sides and top. And conversely some of my father's negatives and transparencies from the 1970s-80s have deteriorated over time (though others, as you say, almost look new). This is why I don’t enjoy using point and shoot film cameras and why I love scrolling back on my phone to pictures of my children as tiny babies.

But just in case, Magnum Photos, founded in Paris in 1947, is one of the world’s most famous photo agencies.

In this way, my ‘channel-surfing’ approach finds unexpected and unintended connections and contradictions. One thing is for sure: if you do not have a copy of Magnum Contact Sheets on your bookshelf you cannot be serious about photography. I assumed he drew them with his contacts sheets as reference, but that’s not the case: “I sketch as soon as possible after taking a shot, usually at the scene itself. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.And then Sroyon asked me if I would be up for a joint review and that was the kick up the backside to actually get it out. this book lays bare the creative methods, strategies and editing processes behind some of the world’s most iconic images. Whether George Rodgers photographs of the Blitz in 1940, Philippe Halsmans memorably surreal image of a leaping Salvador Dalí, Burt Glinn capturing the end of segregation in 1950s Arkansas, David Hurn photographing the Beatles in 1964, Joseph Koudelkas extraordinary images of the invasion of Prague, Susan Meiselas in Nicaragua in the 1970s, Raymond Depardon at the fall of the Berlin Wall, Larry Towell in El Salvador, Bruce Gilden photographing classic New York scenes or Jim Goldberg creating his remarkable, experimental artworks, the contact sheets and images in this book constitute an extraordinary record of great images being captured and edited. I would have selected the first one myself, but the photographer is right, I'd never considered that the moment of something about to happen is more powerful than the event taking place.

Riboud’s text tells us he was walking the streets of Paris on his first visit to the capital, with just his Leica, a 50mm lens and a single roll of film. The book also has reproductions of notebook pages of other photographers, along with magazine clippings, press cards, letters and other ephemera. You can see whether it took the photographer one shot or the entire roll to get that perfect image, if it took them a few frames or a whole roll you can see how they experimented with angles, framing, composition, etc… (I concede that there are instances where a contact sheet lies, even in this book there are examples of using contact sheets to tell a narrative, but broadly speaking the contact sheet is far more truthful than a single image). I think photographers should behave like him,” says Riboud, “he was free and carried little equipment” (p74). No longer an active working tool for most photographers, the contact sheet is relegated to the archive, of interest as a historic document.Every once in a while a book comes along that makes you stop, look and listen, Magnum Contact Sheets is such a book . During Covid lockdown I have been scanning my old negatives dating from the mid 1960's and at that time I filed negatives along with a contact sheet to aid future printing.

He notices the painters high above, climbs up the tower, and makes several pictures, among which is that unforgettable image of Zazou. this book lays bare the creative methods, strategies and editing processes behind some of the world's most iconic images.This landmark book, published just as the shift to digital photography threatens to render the contact sheet obsolete, celebrates the sheet as artifact, as personal and historic record, as invaluable editing tool, and as a fascinating way of accompanying great photographers as they work towards, and capture, the most enduring images of our time.



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