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Magnum Football: Magnum Soccer Paperback – 24 Feb 2005
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What Pele once called "the beautiful game" is captured in all its global diversity in Magnum Football, a wonderful collection of nearly 200 photographs of people playing football all over the world. Trawling its archives since its launch in the 1940s, the world-famous Magnum photographic agency realised that many of its great photographers had often incidentally taken stunning photos of ordinary people absorbed in the pursuit of the great game. The result is this beautifully packaged Phaidon book.
Abbas, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Guy Le Querrec, Peter Marlow and James Nachtwey are just some of the great photographers gathered together in the collection. The pictures are wonderful: crippled Italian children playing soccer in the aftermath of the war in 1948, Marilyn Monroe kicking off a game in 1959, naked football in Brazil, blue-haired female Japanese fans all confirm that, as Simon Kuper points out, "the game is the same whether you are playing in the mud of Maharashtra, the Tuileries Gardens in Paris or a refugee camp". Football brings people together, but it's also the perfect photographic medium for capturing that "decisive moment" of the great goal, the extraordinary save, or the dejection of defeat. As these photos reveals, "a photographer is like a playmaker in football, a number 10, who sees angles nobody else does". In Magnum Football, even in a game of two halves, everybody wins. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“pure joy. … Play hide-and-seek with your thumb and it becomes a book of demotic ballet: the real Billy Elliot.”
“comic, candid and documentary”
“Sometimes the best treasures are presented through the back door. For Magnum, the world’s foremost independent photographic agency, soccer may have been an afterthought after covering decades of non sport world event but the residuals found in their text, published by Phaidon Press just prior to the 2002 World Cup, are a breathtaking collection of images that best describe what soccer represents on a planet so divers yet unified by a simple game.”
“Fulfilling the coffee table brief, Magnum Football, to be published next week, is one of the more unusual and, visually, one of the more striking. It features images from various of the world's celebrated photographers, though they are not the pictures usually found in the sports pages.”
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great quality for a used book, im very satisfied with it.
Nice to see football away from the highlights