In honor of the 60th anniversary of Magnum Photos, Verso Limited Editions presents a hand-bound book of limited edition platinum prints by the founders of this distinguished agency: Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David Seymour. Magnum Founders, In Celebration of Sixty Years is published in cooperation with the estates of all four photographers and includes a foreword by Elliott Erwitt.
The flawless presentation of Magnum Founders stands as a work of art in itself and serves to capture the importance of four individuals who influenced the course of modern photography. Only seventy-five copies of the book will be produced for purchase. This is a rare opportunity to invest in some of the most iconic images in the world and to own a part of photographic history. Each book is numbered, and signed in the back by current Magnum photographers.
Magnum Founders will be unveiled at Magnum Photos’ anniversary celebration on June 21, 2007. It will be available for public and private viewing beginning June 22.
The Platinum Prints
All images in Magnum Founders are hand printed in platinum by Stan Klimek on Fabriano Artistico, a traditional 100% cotton watercolor paper. Each print is then individually stamped by the photographer’s estate. The collection includes twelve bound prints (three from each photographer) and one free-standing 14″ x 16″ print by Robert Capa which is numbered and suitable for framing. Books purchased during the pre-publication period will also include a fourteenth print (free-standing) by George Rodger. The Cartier-Bresson prints in Magnum Founders are the only estate-stamped prints issued since his death in 2004.
The Text and Binding
The text of Magnum Founders is composed in Walbaum and Helvetica Neue by the Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler. It is printed on 100% cotton Hahnemühle Photo Rag 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.
Designed by Skolkin + Chickey, the collection is encased in an English buckram clamshell and presented in a custom-crafted walnut box suitable for display.