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August 17, 2017 20:28

70 years ago the likes of Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour got together to found a photography cooperative that quickly took on global iconic status.




Independence Park, Tel Aviv, 1952.

Independence Park, Tel Aviv, 1952.. (photo credit:DAVID SEYMOUR)

Most people who know anything about photojournalism have heard the name Magnum. True, there is an ice cream of that name, but 70 years ago the likes of Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David “Chim” Seymour got together to found a photography cooperative that quickly took on global iconic status. It is still held in high esteem, and even has an Israeli member, Israel Prize laureate Micha Bar- Am, who came on board almost half a century ago.

While Capa, who first came to international notice following his coverage of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, became known for his coverage of military confrontations, Seymour generally eschewed documentation of violence, even though he, too, covered aspects of the war in Spain. What he did capture, and with great delicacy and poignancy, was the aftermath of hostilities in different spots around the world.

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