A good image is created by a state of grace. Grace expresses itself when it has been freed from conventions, free like a child in his early discovery of reality. The game is then to organize the rectangle.
The work of Magnum photographer Miguel Rio Branco can be difficult to categorize, yet it is almost always colorful, moody, and artfully framed. “Since the beginning,” he explains, “I have always relied on interbreeding. Painting meeting photography. Drawing meeting collage. Photography meeting cinema. Music meeting poetry. Poetry meeting montage. All these meetings are part of the many crossroads toward the search for a comprehension and expression of myself in relation to the world.” Branco has been with Magnum since 1978.
No Whisper No Sigh is an introspective photo essay built around the concept of silence—from the societal silence surrounding madness; to the political silence forced on citizens living under a dictatorship; to that most personal silence, the intense desire to express oneself and unburden the soul. Music composed specially by a Finnish collective.
Tour de France
Comments by Joergen Leth
The legends, the landscape, the stars, the coveted yellow jersey. These are the ingredients that make the Tour de France the biggest event in cycling. Magnum Photos has followed the race, the riders and the spectators for more than 60 years, providing a unique portrait of the Tour.
In 1965, 23-year-old photographer Danny Lyon, a veteran of the civil rights movement, returned to his hometown, Chicago, and joined the Outlaw Motorcycle Club. Riding with camera in tow, he produced these raw and dramatic photos, which were released in 1968, a year before Easy Rider, and again in 2003. The Bikeriders imprinted on the public a vision of the heyday of life in a motorcycle gang.
Zoom In: Hiroshima Remembered
by Magnum Photographers
On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima. According to U.S. statistics, 60,000 to 70,000 people were immediately killed, and two-thirds of the city was destroyed. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, which killed between 35,000 and 40,000 people. The effects of the nuclear attacks lasted long after the end of the war.