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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, inspiring, and indispensable, 26 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Magnum Contact Sheets (Int'l Center of Photography, New York: Exhibition Catalogue) (Hardcover)
Never been moved to write a review ever, so I think it says everything about the content of this excellent Magnum book that it's managed to make me break my duck.

I'm a massive photography enthusiast (and photographer), with a wide collection of photography books - collaborations, retrospectives, and monologues - but this has brought something completely new to the table. As you flick through you'll recognise some famous photographs by some famous photographers. The genius part is that you get to see the whole process of how they came to that shot through the contact sheet and the views that they share. It's a real eye-opener - to re-live the moment, and the thought-process behind the composition of a subject of a picture is something I'd never thought I'd have the opportunity to see. It's also great to see that not every photo they took was 'Magnum' standard!

I haven't noticed anything with the binding that some reviewers have pointed to - this is only the first day of having it, but having flicked through it for most of the evening it seems pretty robust so maybe Magnum have listened to feedback and created a sturdier spine.

For me this isn't only a 5* photography book, but an indispensable insight into the minds of some of the greatest photographers that have ever lived.
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