Magnum Photos

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Bob Adelman | Civil Rights leaders speaking at United Nations Plaza, 1967 | © Bob Adelman / Magnum PhotosARTstor is collaborating with Magnum Photos to share approximately 80,000 of the world's most renowned photographs with the educational community. For more than six decades, Magnum's documentary photographers have been chronicling people, events, issues, and personalities, from the Spanish Civil war to Vietnam to the present day. According to Mark Lubell, Managing Director of Magnum's New York office, "The ARTstor Digital Library is a wonderful way of providing students and the academic community with access to a selection of Magnum's iconic photographs." Magnum photographers have produced some of the most celebrated and recognizable photographs of the 20th century and contemporary life, documenting an astounding range of subjects, whether industry, society and people, places of interest, politics and news events, or disasters and conflicts. Magnum's roster includes prominent photojournalists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Eve Arnold, Rene Burri, Elliott Erwitt, Josef Koudelka, Hiroji Kubota, Susan Meiselas, Martin Parr, Alex Webb, and dozens of others. Their photographs have appeared in award-winning publications such as Life, Paris Match, and Picture Post, and their work is included in international museum collections.

Magnum photographers have produced some of the most celebrated and recognizable photographs of the 20th century and contemporary life, documenting an astounding range of subjects, whether industry, society and people, places of interest, politics and news events, or disasters and conflicts.


Magnum Photos was founded as a photographic co-operative in 1947 by four photographers, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David "Chim" Seymour. They were motivated by what they had witnessed during World War II and a desire to explore the world that had survived in its aftermath. Cartier-Bresson describes Magnum as, "a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually." The founders sought to preserve the independence of individual photographers and their creative visions, establishing a co-operative that allowed them to work outside the conventional structure of magazine journalism. Not only is Magnum owned by its member-photographers, but they also retain copyright to their photographs. Over the decades, this autonomy has enabled Magnum photographers to build an outstanding body of collective work, representing the pinnacle of the photojournalist's craft. James Shulman, President of ARTstor, says, "We are thrilled to be working with what most people recognize to be the most extraordinary group of documentary photographers in the world. Accessing 80,000 Magnum images via ARTstor will be a great breakthrough not only for art historians, but for social scientists, humanists, or really anyone in academia who wants to access these stunning images in their teaching and research, on topics from Afghanistan to soccer, from Soweto to glaciers, from Dr. King to Beacon Hill."

Magnum Photos International, Inc. is a premier photographic agency owned by its 80 photographer-members. Magnum provides photographs to the press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries, and museums around the world through four editorial offices in New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo, as well as a network of sub-agents.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 79,696
Percentage of completion 100%
Search terms magnumphotos
Collection URL http://library.artstor.org/library/collection/magnum

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: February 19, 2009

Image Credits

Bob Adelman | Civil Rights leaders speaking at United Nations Plaza, 1967 | © Bob Adelman / Magnum Photos

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