Magnum Photos, 101 photos for press freedom
We all owe a debt of thanks to the Magnum Photo Agency. Many of the most famous photojournalists – Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Raymond Departon, Marc Riboud, etc. – have circled the globe on assignment for this prestigious agency, and this beautiful album is further evidence of their great talent, courage, and humanity.
As we turn its pages, marvelling at the images, what strikes us the most is the cruel history of our times. We are rediscovering some of the most world-famous photos – those which forged our collective memory : the Republican militiaman struck by a bullet on the Cordoba front in 1936 under Andalusia’s dazzling sun, or the adolescent sitting astride the Berlin Wall on 11 November 1989 – a joyous symbol of vanquished totalitarianism. Here, too, we find portraits of those who have left their imprints on our time : Che Guevara holding his cigar in Havana in 1963; the Dalai Lama, still a young man when he arrived in Delhi after fleeing Tibet; Jacqueline Kennedy, her face veiled under the gaze of Robert Kennedy at the murdered president’s funeral; and Martin Luther King, standing in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech.
This handsome album for which I consider it an honour to write the preface is doubly valuable: not only for the outstanding artistic and historic quality of the works featured, but also because these photos attest to the talent and courage of these “reporters without borders” for whom Freedom would be unimaginable without press freedom.
By buying this album, you have helped us finance the initiatives of Reporters Without Borders, which has been working to defend press freedom for 25 years.
The right to inform and to be informed is a precious commodity – let’s protect it together!