The sort of contact that is allowed

Magnum Contact Sheets

This hefty book is a must-read or, perhaps, more a must-browse.

The eagerly-turned pages take you on a journey through time, and across the world, with top photographers. Through their contact sheets, you share their first views of the photos they have captured, and see how their workflow turns those negatives into images we have seen and loved many times.

The book opens with a shot I have always enjoyed – Henri Cartier-Bresson’s capture of Seville in 1933. His remark that “a contact sheet is a little like psychoanalyst’s casebook” gives a clue to the interest and depth of this book.

Make yourself a large coffee and settle down to a fascinating read.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 25 April 2020

Posted as part of #acoffeeandabook series

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