Monthly Design Review - July 2017

July 16, 2017


In this month's review, celebrating Magnum Photos' 70th Anniversary! The Magnum photo collective features the best photographers in the world, and their work provides constant inspiration and reference for designers and filmmakers. 




MAGNUM AT THE MOVIES Various Publications




The photographers associated with Magnum have been working with movie-makers since the agency's creation, and have generated some of the most iconic production stills and behind-the-scenes shots. A few books published around the world display the results: intimate portraits of such screen legends as Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, Ingrid Bergman, James Dean, Clark Gable and many others, as well as outstanding directors, including Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Francois Truffaut and Andrei Tarkovsky. Photographers include Eve Arnold, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raymond Depardon, Philippe Halsman, Elliott Erwitt, David Seymour and Dennis Stock.


The various books include:

Magnum Cinema (US)

Magnum Cinema (French)

Magnum Am Set (German)

Magnum Sul Set (Italian)









WALLS/MURS/MAUERN: Photographs (Magnum Photos, 1998)




A collection of photographs by Magnum photographers depicting walls: material aspects, environments, colors, aging, and a reflection of societies across the world. 


To buy the book go to Amazon







POUR LE CORBUSIER - René Burri, juin 1962



In 1962 the Magnum photographer René Burri presented the architect Le Corbusier a fold-out book, made with his own hands, containing photographs, dating back to 1953, that he had taken of the architect in various situations. The photographs it contains show Corbusier at the height of his creativity – in conversation, alone in his studio, at the construction site. 


This very personal gift, with is owned by the Corbusier Foundation in Paris, has been reproduced in scrupulous facsimile with a text by René Burri and commentaries by the Corbusier connoisseur and editor Arthur Rüegg.



Buy the book here









PONTE CITY - Mikhael Subotzky & Patrick Waterhouse (2014)

South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky and British artist Patrick Waterhouse worked at Ponte City, the iconic Johannesburg apartment building which is Africa’s tallest residential skyscraper, for more than six years. They photographed the residents and documented the building, and also researched its history through archival documents and images. The comprehensive results became a traveling exhibition as well as a massive, award-winning book project. 


To see more photos visit this online essay

To purchase the book visit Steidle






MAGNUM LIVE LAB EXHIBITION (Magnum Print Room, London, May 19th until the July 28th, 2017)



The Live Lab exhibition shows the resulting work of a three photographers residency in Clerkenwell, London. The residency saw photographers Mark Power, Carl de Keyzer and Olivia Arthur working alongside each other and Museum of London curator Anna Sparham, responding to the locality and transforming the Print Room into a working lab for a two-week period, printing and editing on site. The exhibition stands as a celebration of and an inquiry into the medium of photography and the creative process of making.


For more information about screenings visit Magnum Photos






MAGNUM MANIFESTO (International Center of Photography, NYC, till Sept. 2017)



This landmark exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos. Tracing the ideas and ideals behind the founding and development of the cooperative, the show explores the history of the second half of the 20th century through the lens of 75 masters, providing a new and insightful perspective on the contribution of these photographers to our collective visual memory. Featuring group and individual projects, the exhibition will include over two hundred prints as well as books, magazines, videos, and rarely before seen archival documents.


For more information about the exhibition visit the center's website 







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