Wear Good Shoes: Inspiring Advice from Magnum Photographers

Download this free 60-page PDF from Magnum Photos—filled with excellent tips, advice and words of wisdom from the photographers at Magnum, as well as many of their iconic images. A great resource for anyone who wants to make better pictures.

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18 Iconic Legends Share Their Thoughts | Great Masters

18 Iconic Legends Share Their Thoughts
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“I’m not an artist. An artist makes an object. Me, I work in history, I’m a storyteller.”
Sebastião Salgado

Icon05aaSebastiãoSalgadoChinstrap penguins on an iceberg located between the Zavodovski and Visokoi islands, South Sandwich Islands, November and December 2009.
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“No matter what you do, remember that learning the basics is key to your success.”
Hari Mahidhar

Icon05bbHariMahidharWould you believe that this a photo of onions? Hari Mahidhar was shooting spices for stock photography, and thought of portraying their textures in a unique manner.
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“The truth is, I get most of my inspiration from studying other cultures.”
Ralph Gibson

Icon05ccRalphGibsonIf Ralph has to be remembered by a single image, it would be with this photograph titled Priest Collar. “This image has a certain reality… a social and an abstract component… and could almost be in color,” he said.
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“Photography can light up darkness and expose ignorance.”
Lewis Hine

Icon05ddLewisHineThis image, called Breaker Boys, became the most important proof in Hine’s war against child labour.
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“Invest your years in finding your voice, in developing your visual lexicon, and then, in breaking it.”
Swapan Parekh

Icon05eeSwapanParekhBetween Me & Iis an ongoing series of musings that Swapan has with his daily existence. They may be perceived by the impatient, untrained eye as snapshots, but look closer and you will see a measured and intuitive set of sophisticated responses to the visual arrangements around him, a celebration of the mundane.
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“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
Ansel Adams

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“If a photograph is made, and no one sees it, is it then an image?” – Hope Cooke
Dr Alice Kandell

Icon05ggDrAliceKandellA large number of Alice’s photos include women and children. She manages to capture their inner world, and the quiet moments. One could argue that it comes easy because she is a woman herself. However, her photos show an intuitiveness, which perhaps allowed her to capture moments like this one of a woman with a basket, resting by the side of a path.
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“I want to see these photographs in books—the most beautiful set of books ever published.”
Edward Curtis

Icon05hhEdwardCurtisSimplicity is a striking feature that can be seen in most of Curtis’ photographs.
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“I want to make photography accessible to those who have the talent but not the means.”
David Zimmerman

Icon05iiDavidZimmermanDavid has collaborated with several Tibetans to preserve the legacy of their culture. He has even set up the Himalayan Art Center in Dharamsala to provide interested individuals the opportunity to learn photography, for free.
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“What is focus, and who has the right to say what focus is the legitimate focus?”
Julia Margaret Cameron

Icon05jjJuliaMargaretCameronJulia drew heavily from biblical subject matter, and often photographed young children as angels. This image is titled I Wait and is a portrait of her niece Rachel Gurney.
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“Photography can have meaning beyond the image. I want to do something right with it.”
Dario Mitidieri

Icon05kkDarioMitidieriMumbai, 1992: Two street children look at a Hindi film poster in one of the many cinemas at Grant Road.
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“The difficulty of making accurate drawings of minute objects led me to the cyanotype process.”
Anna Atkins

Icon05llAnnaAtkinsAnna Atkins pioneered the use of cyanotypes as photographic images and for scientific documentation.
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“In a country where most people cannot read nor write, images remain a tool of communication.”
Shahidul Alam

Icon05mmShahidulAlamA girl looks on from an earthquake-stricken area of Pakistan occupied, Kashmir, in 2005.
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“The perceptive eye of the camera can certainly record all the mighty world.”
Roger Fenton

Icon05nnRogerFentonValley of the Shadow of Death: Fenton’s most famous picture from the Crimean War is considered to be one of the most important photos of all time. He shot two nearly identical frames—one has the road full of cannonballs, while another shows a clear road. Some critics have speculated that Fenton deliberately placed them to enhance the photo.
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“Well-meaning critique makes you grow as person and helps you evolve as a photographer.”
Jagdish Agarwal

Icon05ooJagdishAgarwalAmsterdam, 1986.
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“Photography is a child of numerous fathers. Hippolyte is one of them.” – H Michael Koetzle
Hippolyte Bayard

Icon05ppHippolyteBayardSelf-Portrait as a Drowned Man, considered one of Bayard’s most important works.
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“I am going to make a name for myself. If I fail, you will never hear of me again.”
Eadweard Muybridge

Icon05qqEadweardMuybridgeIt took all of 12 cameras to capture the movement of the horse. The 12 shots were managed in less than half a second, and within 20 minutes, Muybridge developed the plates for visitors to admire.
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“I have this fire in me to create something new, and it grows bigger everyday.”
S Paul

Icon05rrSPaulA child clings to his mother as she prays along with a group of women during Muharram.
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18 Iconic Legends Share Their Thoughts

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Sharon Tate: Recollection

Sharon Tate in Photos: Remembering the Tragic Star
Forty-five years after Sharon Tate’s brutal murder, in 1969, when she was just 26 years old and eight months pregnant with her first child with husband, Roman Polanski, the people who knew her best—including her sister Debra Tate, Polanski, and many others close to the actress—celebrate Tate’s life through stunning photographs (some of which have never been published) and poignant memories in Debra Tate’s new book, Sharon Tate: Recollection, out June 10. Below, see some of Tate’s most iconic images featured in the book, which highlights the actress’s unparalleled beauty, brief film career, and lasting influence. — by Lenora Jane Estes

SharonTate01photographed by Jean-Jacques Bugat, 1967

SharonTate02in character for her first film, Eye of the Devil, 1966.

SharonTate03photographed by Hatami, in 1969, the year she was murdered.

SharonTate04photographed by Hatami, 1969.

SharonTate05photographed by Milton Greene, 1966.

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