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Magnum Landscape [Paperback]

Ian Jeffrey
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Book Description

11 April 2005
In the tradition of great Magnum books this publication brings together work by the finest photographers of our time. For fifty years Magnum photographers, through commissions and their personal work, have produced images that comment on the state of the world. In photographing the landscape they are not just spectators but participants, aware that the land itself has been shaped by man, and that the very notion of a landscape depends on a human viewpoint. As each photographer records, interprets and finds a unique personal style, the variations on a theme are endless - landscapes of war, of agriculture, of industry, of cities and motorways, of desolation, celebration and tranquillity. The photographs gathered in this book invite us to rediscover landscape, and urge us to think more profoundly about the planet earth.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Thus edition (11 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714845221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714845227
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 21.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A collection of cracking landscapes from members of the world renowned picture agency.' (Practical Photography)

'An inspiring and diverse collection.' (Amateur Photographer)

'One of the most successful photography books of this year. To shamelessly pilfer the joke of the great Dorothy Parker: me Leica.' (Wallpaper*)

'Haunting images from around the world. I’ll guarantee it will change the way you look through your viewfinder when you get out the Instamatic.' (BBC Homes & Antiques)

'A collection of cracking landscapes from members of the world renowned picture agency.' (Practical Photography)

'Informal and interesting.' (What’s on in Birmingham)

'An inspiring and diverse collection.' (Amateur Photographer)

'The book illustrates the power of the still photograph to put an alternative slant on reality…Magnum Landscape inspires the viewer to consider our relationship with the earth and its role as a changing backdrop to human affairs.' (Landscape Design)

'The 184 pages here present a range of styles and formats…But despite the apparent heterogeneity of the collected images, there emerges in the pages … a certain unity, an approach to documenting the physical world that is uniquely Magnum’s. This approach is rooted in the belief that the very idea of landscape depends on people’s participation in it…But…these photographers avoid the cliché of people’s role as destroyer and turn their attention instead to those scenes where human entry into the landscape seems almost tentative, human control tenuous or at risk: Burri’s image of a sand-covered road in Abu Dhabi, for example, or Larry Towell’s cover photograph of Mexican Mennonite women caught in a dust storm. It is images such as these that we find Magnum Landscape’s particular power …readers of this book will certainly come away with … an appreciation of the work of some of Magnum’s lesser-known members… …the photographs in this book are strong enough to speak for themselves. They comprise, without question, a powerful collective vision of the world. For that reason, Magnum Landscape is a necessary volume, one which illustrates that Magnum photographers have produced some of the very best work in a crowded, too-often tired genre.' (The Photo Review)

'The Magnum book stretches the definition of landscape …' (The Picture Professional)

'If you want to see how some of the finest photographers in the world approach landscape, pick up this book… These images… offer a real who’s who of photographers…' (Colorado Springs Gazette)

'Bestseller in an attractive matt, small, landscape format' (The Art Newspaper)

About the Author

Ian Jeffrey is a photography writer, lecturer and curator. He teaches at Goldsmith's College, London.
His other books include The Photography Book also published by Phaidon, Portraits of Artists (2000) and Revisions: An Alternative History of Photography (1999).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very affordable set of astonishing photographs 28 Mar 2010
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Like some other reviewer wrote, the print quality is not astonishing, at least for nowadays standards: the book is small, the paper not very thick, the printing not too exciting (a new edition would certainly benefit if these issues were to be addressed). However this book excels in it's own way by showing a set of astonishing photographs by a number of top photographers at a very reasonable price, allowing the reader to analyse each one of them trying to understand what makes a really good shot in order to improve his/hers photographic skills. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing with your eyes 17 Aug 2006
I really enjoyed looking at this book. Naturally, as it is a photography book, there were lots of pictures and I like that. One comment I would make though is that as I am a little short-sighted I would very much like to see an edition with great big bold text that I can see visually through my bad eyes. Nonetheless, cool pictures. I would like to re-iterate what the other reviewer has said though. It is definitely for the visual person. Be warned you non-visuals out there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is 19 May 2006
By Eric C. Ratkowski - Published on Amazon.com
This is a book with no pretense: Fantastic images, from some of the world's greatest photographers, collected under the shaky title of "landscape," and put together in a well-designed, under-sized, cheaply produced pamphlet-book that can be purchased for under twenty dollars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photos 25 Jun 2014
By Laurie J. Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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I checked this out fro the public library and tagged my favorite images. When I realized that I had tagged half the book I decided to purchase it for my own library. The images are not like the ones I frequently see, so I was glad to have such intimate reproductions, color and black and white. The images seem very carefully chosen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy 22 July 2014
By majurej - Published on Amazon.com
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i viewed this book earlier from the library so I knew exactly what I was getting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good shipment 10 July 2006
By S. van den Berg - Published on Amazon.com
Ordered to be shipped to Australia, arrived fairly fast considering the distance. No complaints.
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