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Limited Edition Platinum Prints of Iconic Images by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson,
George Rodger and David Seymour to be Published in Unique Hand-Bound Collector’s Book
Magnum Founders, In Celebration of Sixty Years
The collector’s book celebrates the 60th anniversary of Magnum Photos, a photographic co-operative founded by these four men and owned by its photographer-members. Capa, Cartier-Bresson, Rodger and Seymour created Magnum in 1947 to reflect their independent natures as both people and photographers the idiosyncratic mix of reporter and artist that continues to define Magnum today. The first copy of Magnum Founders will be privately unveiled on Thursday, June 21 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York birthplace of Magnum Photos during the “Magnum Festival,” a month-long series of events celebrating the art of documentary photography.
“Verso Limited Editions is proud to partner with Magnum Photos to recognize its founders and in essence celebrate the art of documentary photography,” said Glen Serbin, president, Verso Limited Editions. “We are also very pleased that a portion of the book’s proceeds will go to the Magnum Photos Foundation, which will help to support Magnum’s tradition of enabling the independent vision of today’s great photojournalists.”
Seventy-five editions of Magnum Founders will be produced, each containing twelve bound, original 14 x 16 inch platinum prints, three by each photographer, as well as one freestanding platinum print by Robert Capa. The images selected for the book are some of the most important of these photographers’ careers, and each print bears the stamp of the photographer’s estate. The Cartier-Bresson prints in Magnum Founders are the only estate-stamped prints issued since his death in 2004.
Commissioned by Magnum Photos, the book was published in cooperation with the estates of the four photographers and contains a foreword by Elliott Erwitt, renowned photographer and past president of Magnum Photos.
“We commissioned Verso Limited Editions because of their commitment to creating a great photographic art book of the highest quality,” said Mark Lubell, managing director, Magnum Photos. “Magnum Founders is our first limited edition book, and an important milestone in our 60-year history.”
A percentage of proceeds from the book will be donated to the Magnum Photos Foundation. Pre-publication price for Magnum Founders is $12,500 before February 2008. Books purchased during the pre-publication period will also include an additional freestanding 14x16 inch numbered and estate-stamped platinum print by George Rodger.
Cartier-Bresson was fascinated with painting, and particularly interested in surrealism. The prints in Magnum Founders include his playfully subversive group portrait of Valencian entertainers taken in 1933, as well as a stunning view of Muslim women on the slopes of Hari Parbal Hill, praying toward the sun rising behind the Himalayas.
George Rodger’s pictures of the London Blitz brought him to the attention of Life magazine, and from 1939 to 1945 he was one of the magazine’s war correspondents. The book includes one of his London Blitz photographs of a young boy wearing his tin helmet with pride. The collection also features two photographs from Rodger’s work in Africa where he spent decades documenting tribal life.
Known for his compassionate treatment of his subjects, David “Chim” Seymour photographed children particularly well. Magnum Founders features a 1948 portrait of a young Polish orphan who was traumatized by her experiences in German concentration camps making a troubled attempt to draw a picture of her home.
Process and Materials
The text of Magnum Founders is handset in Walbaum and Helvetica Neue by the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler, and letter pressed on one hundred percent cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper by Michael Russem at Kat Ran Press. Each book is hand-bound in quarter-leather by Mark Tomlinson featuring distinctive red Japanese crepe endsheets, red leather endbands and a unique cover construction of black and red laminated paper boards. The collection is encased in an English buckram clamshell and is presented in a custom-crafted walnut box. Each of the seventy-five editions will be signed in the back by current Magnum photographers.
About Magnum Photos and Magnum Photos Foundation
In honor of its 60th Anniversary, Magnum Photos has launched the inaugural year of The Magnum Festival: Celebrating the Art of Documentary. Throughout the month of June, Magnum will host dozens of exhibits, events, panels and celebrations in some of New York’s most famed locations including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center, New York Public Library and The National Arts Club. The Magnum Festival will embrace the groundbreaking work done by documentarians in the worlds of photography, film and journalism. Highlights of the Magnum Festival include: Werner Herzog Film Series, “New York Genius” curated by Lou Reed, Photographers and the Moving Image at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, Exhibits by Bruce Davidson, Martin Parr, Alex Webb, Paolo Pellegrin and much more.
Additionally, during the Festival, Magnum Photos will be launching the Magnum Foundation-a 501 (c)3 organization created to provide grants to photographers who will continue to document the world with responsibility, concern, and integrity which are the cornerstones of storytelling in the Magnum style. The Magnum Foundation will also work to preserve the historic archive of Magnum Photos for student education and academic research.
About Verso Limited Editions
In Fall 2008, Verso will introduce its next publication, Bruce Davidson: Central Park in Platinum. One of America’s most influential documentary photographers, Davidson intuitively discovers a multiplicity of mysteries, eccentricities and characters that together reflect the vibrant and complex city of which the park is the heart and soul. The fifty-edition, signed portfolio will contain twelve original, hand-printed platinum prints and one freestanding platinum print. Each handcrafted book will be handset and letter pressed on one hundred percent cotton-rag paper, hand-bound and encased in a custom clamshell and solid walnut box.
For more information on Verso Limited Editions please visit http://www.versoeditions.com.