Magnum Photos
Photo Agency

Magnum is 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.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

In 1947, following the aftermath of the Second World War, four pioneering photographers founded a now legendary alliance. Combining an extraordinary range of individual styles into one powerful collaboration, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour started, over a celebratory bottle of champagne, the most important artists’ cooperative ever created: The Magnum Photos agency.

Magnum Photos represents some of the world’s most renowned photographers, maintaining its founding ideals and idiosyncratic mix of journalist, artist and storyteller. Our photographers share a vision to chronicle world events, people, places and culture with a powerful narrative that defies convention, shatters the status quo, redefines history and transforms lives.

For nearly 70 years Magnum Photos has been providing the highest quality photographic content to an international client base of media, charities, publishers, brands and cultural institutions. The Magnum Photos library is a living archive updated regularly with new work from across the globe.

Magnum has documented most of the world’s major events and personalities since the 1930s; covering industry, society and people, places of interest, politics and news events, disasters and conflict.. In short, when you picture an iconic image, but can’t think who took it or where it can be found, it probably came from Magnum.

Magnum photographers are a rarity and the agency is self-selecting; membership is a minimum four year process and is considered the finest accolade of a photographer’s career.

Magnum Photos reaches a global audience and has established itself as the authentic, storytelling photographic brand. It remains loyal to its original values of uncompromising excellence, truth, respect and independence.

Magnum Manifesto, the landmark exhibition celebrating the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, was exhibited at International Center of Photography.

Werner Bischof

Rene Burri

Elliott Erwitt

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Miguel Rio Branco

Robert Capa

David Hurn
Authored Articles
John Morris (1916-2017)
In Memoriam
John Morris, the photo editor responsible for the commissioning and publishing of some of the most iconic photographs of...
They Defend Our Freedoms
30 years of the Sakharov Prize
Human rights. Two short words with a long history. Two short words which, armed with the force of an...
Visionary Color / Ernst Haas
September 6 – November 9 2019
Taken between 1952 and 1981, the photographs of Ernst Haas presented on display show an ambiguity bordering on the...
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Rounding out our 2nd Year
We are rounding out our second year with nearly a million visits strong. A very exciting two years it...
Good Morning, America / Vol. 1
Mark Power
The first in a series of five books by Power created as the result of this ongoing 10-year project,...
Magnum Manifesto
70 years of Magnum Photos
This landmark exhibition celebrates the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, founded by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and...
Capa in Color
Through 2020 / Various venues
Capa regularly used color film from the '40s until his death in 1954. Some of these photographs were published...
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Look back on 2017
So here we are, the last day of the year, 2017. We are wrapping up our first 6 months,...
Photo London 2018
May 17–20, 2018 / Somerset House
Now in its 4th edition, Photo London has established itself as a world-class event and as a catalyst for...
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Look back on our 1st year
Here we are. We just rounded out our first year with well over a quarter-million visits. A very interesting...
Portrait of Humanity Award
Deadline December 11, 2018
The series aims to create one of the most far-reaching collaborative projects with 200 longlisted images featured in a...
Bleu Blanc Rouge / Christopher Anderson
Through December 8, 2018
The dynamic between movement and stillness resembles a series of stills from a never-made movie, distilled from a larger...
Koudelka: Invasion 1968
Through Jan 6, 2018 / National Prague Gallery
On August 20, 1968, a Czech photographer took to the streets to document the chaos unfolding on his doorstop:...
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
70 year Anniversary
Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family...
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2018
Through January 27, 2019
Showcasing a diverse range of images telling the often fascinating stories behind the creation of the works, from formal...
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Look back on 2018
2018 comes to an end, we can almost hear the fireworks. Let our solitude be a period of self...