Guest Post: 11 Magnum photographers who changed the world

Guest Post: 11 Magnum photographers who changed the world

11 Magnum photographers who changed the world: Steve McCurry

3. Steve McCurry
Nationality: American
Quote: “What is important to my work is the individual picture. I photograph stories on assignment, and of course they have to be put together coherently. But what matters most is that each pictures stands on its own, with its own place and feeling.”

McCurry is famed for having taken one of the most well-known photographs in the history of National Geographic magazine, or indeed the world. His image ‘Afghan Girl’ shows a striking portrait of a young girl named Gula living as a refugee in Pakistan in 1984.  The photograph left a legacy as National Geographic later set up the charity Afghan Girls Fund in recognition of Gula with the goal of educating Afghan girls. The remit of the charity was later broadened to include boys as well under the new name Afghan Children’s Fund.


11 Magnum photographers who changed the world: Stuart Franklin

4. Stuart Franklin
Nationality: British
Quote: “I Love photographing. It’s that simple.”

Franklin is best known for his symbolic photographs of Tienanmen Square in 1989, when an unknown protestor stood in front of a column of tanks in an act of non violent protest. Franklin was one of just four photographers who was able to capture the event and get his pictures published. His image shows the event from a wider angle, showing the rest of the column of tanks and revealing the true scale of the scene.

The roll of film containing this photograph was hidden in a box of tea and smuggled out of China by a French student. Franklin’s photograph earned him the prestigious World Press Photo Award.

PAGE 1: Magnum photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson & Robert Capa
PAGE 2: Magnum photographers Steve McCurry & Stuart Franklin
PAGE 3: Magnum photographers George Rodger & W. Eugene Smith
PAGE 4: Magnum photographers Dennis Stock & Martin Parr
PAGE 5: Magnum photographers Philip Jones Griffiths & Philippe Halsman
PAGE 6: Magnum photographer Josef Koudelka


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