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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (17 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714843563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714843568
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 5.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 340,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The sheer power is breathtaking … heartbreakingly beautiful”
The Independent

“an excellent-value paperback … photographers here document even the worst world events of the past decade while affirming the genre’s vitality, importance and subliminal optimism. This rich, lucid book, rushing from colour to black and white, from American beach beauties to Beijing hunger strikers, is underlined by deep social and political purpose.”
Financial Times

“the Magnum agency has provided house-room for a stream of some of the greatest photojournalists of our time, and this book … provides ample proof … a masterpiece pretty much everywhere you look”
The Guardian

“Sometimes disturbing but always excellent, these offer a pictorial account of the last 50 years of the 20th century.”
The Sunday Tribune

“The book, which overflows with photographs and includes only the briefest amount of text, is arranged thematically to effectively highlight the wide scope of images even within a narrow field. … Taken together, the thousand or so photos here capture the often surprising, always complex nature of humanity and do justice to the agency founders' original intention to "document the world as it really is.”
Amazon.com Review

“this hefty exhibition catalog contains over 600 color and black-and-white photographs by 69 Magnum photographers, including original contributions from Cartier-Bresson. … Recommended for general collections.”
Joan Levin, MLS

About the Author

Historian, broadcaster and cultural commentator, Michael Ignatieff was born in Canada. He studied at Upper Canada College and Trinity College in Toronto, and at the universities of Harvard and Cambridge. Ignatieff's best-known books include The Russian Album (1988), the Booker Prize-nominated novel ScarTissue (1993), The Warrior's Honour (1999) and the acclaimed biography Isaiah Berlin: A Life (2000). Ignatieff is currently Director of the Carr Centre of Human Rights Policy at Harvard University.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fredrik Tukk on 5 May 2004
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Everybody slightly interested in photography knows about Magnum, this legenday group of photojournalist. Names like Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and today James Nachtwey risked their lives to capture the history in an instant.
I saw the exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London when the book was first released. It captures only the 1990-ies but you will be amazed when you see all these pictures to try to grasp the magnitude of what has happened in that time. All the cruelty that goes on in the world, all the poor and hungry people and all the fightings and wars. These photographers risk their lives to document all of this and try to convey a message through to all of us who can't or won't be there - helping us to understand this complex world.
Buy this book to get a better understanding of the world and read it as a document over what is going on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Laurence Williams on 30 Dec. 2007
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(I have added 4 photos of example pages in the book to the item page)

I have had a life-long interest in photography and think the branch of 'photo-journalism' is the pinnacle of the craft, as it so often requires creativity under pressure or very restrictive time-constraints.

I was introduced to the product of people with these skills in the aged British publication 'Picture Post' from watching TV documentaries, and was especially interested in the photos of Bill Brandt (even without realising, I'm sure most people will have seen at least one photo taken by him !).

However, the group of photographers under the 'Magnum' umbrella typify the genre, as they cover the whole spectrum of events and the area which must be the most demanding, that of military conflicts.

I, like many people, was introduced to the Magnum group specifically via a dedicated photo exhibition - seeing that compelled me to have a permanent 'copy' of what I had seen.

This book is a fantastic collection of all subjects and styles by Magnum photographers, to celebrate not only the 50th anniversary of the organisation but the turn of the century.

I own the hardback edition (which now appears to be OOP and sells S/H for some £100 !) but assume the paperback version has the same content as the page count is the same.

After some opening photos there is a 13-page introductory piece of text and outline index, followed by the photo sections grouped by photographer/genre (each with an individual annotation). The back of the book has 'CVs' for each photographer and an endnote.

The collection is of black+white and colour photos and there is a minimum of accompanying text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Wood on 21 Oct. 2008
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'Magnum Degrees' brings together some of the best work from the members of the Magnum collection taken during the 90's, throughout the world (although with an emphasis on Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and East). War, peace, death, joy, formality and quirkiness are all found here in this captivating collection which is huge, high quality and well produced. Look at a copy and be amazed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kendo on 8 Jan. 2011
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This is still one of the best photography books around and the one I keep going back to for stunning images. Love the presentation and the quality of the product.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
not my cup of tea 29 Oct. 2009
By LH - Published on Amazon.com
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Please note that the focus of this book is photojournalism; and that is only covers about a decade of time, around the 1990s.

I can't fault the book for this, and I should have read the independent editorial reviews more carefully, but I thought this was a collection of photographs that spanned Magnum's *entire* history especially as the Amazon review stated "Magnum Degrees is a selection of agency photos that illustrates the range of subject matter and imagery the photographers have captured over the last half century."

That said, I was struck by many of the photographs in the book - in fact many of them, due to their subject matter, are alarming. As a compilation of 500+ pages, however, it was overwhelming. I wonder what a more focused selection of pictures might have achieved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One of the best ever. 18 Oct. 2008
By guest - Published on Amazon.com
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In this book any page you turn to is an amazing photo. While the book is on photo journalism, the photos are highly artistic. Probably one of the best photography books ever created. Not only are the photos wonderful but the production of the book is perfect...great size, high quality printing, sturdy binding and pages, excellent layout and light on text but the text that is there is well written. This is a must have for any photo library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's stunning 17 Sept. 2009
By Mario Sebetovsky - Published on Amazon.com
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Unfortunately, I had no time to find more time to review this incredible book more carefully, but that what I observed is magnificent. Moreover, my wife did browse the book more carefully and she couldn't find the words for all those amazing photographs. This book unites masterwork collection of all the photographers who visually wrote the history of the world in last hundred years. I made my decision to purchase this book upon the reviews buy other customers and was no mistake at all.
However, great book and, once again, Amazon proved to be the world's best company regarding buying on-line. Fast, accurate, reliable, with great products selection.
Good but.. 15 Sept. 2009
By Anuar Patjane Floriuk - Published on Amazon.com
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The quality of the book is excellent. I'm not sure what was the selection process, but in my opinion, the best and most popular images of the magnum photographers are not on this book. Never the less, this book presents an outstanding compilation of pictures full of strength and beauty, displaying the inhuman conditions of humanity from all the corners of the world.
amazing 10 Dec. 2012
By William C. Camargo - Published on Amazon.com
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From the best photographers, Magnum shows every possible human emotion through its photographs.
Every Magnum photographer is amazing, and i cannot wait to see what they come up with next.
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